Ghosts: Dissolving the Boundaries

Monica Germanà

in Scottish Women's Gothic and Fantastic Writing

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780748637645
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652259 | DOI:
Ghosts: Dissolving the Boundaries

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This chapter considers the revenant motif in fantastic writings of Scottish women. It explains that this motif serves as the paradoxical site of theoretical discourses about corporeality and ethereality, life and death, and seen and unseen. The chapter offers an interpretation of Elspeth Barker's O Caledonia, A.L. Kennedy's So I Am Glad and Ali Smith's Hotel World, suggesting that the ghost in twentieth-century writings signifies the overcoming of structuralist dualism.

Keywords: revenant motif; fantastic writings; Scottish women; structuralist dualism; Elspeth Barker; O Caledonia; A.L. Kennedy; I Am Glad; Ali Smith; Hotel World

Chapter.  18152 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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