Introduction: The Unacknowledged Tradition

Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock

in Scare Tactics

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780823229857
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241040 | DOI:
Introduction: The Unacknowledged Tradition

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“The Premonition” is a perfect example of the Female Gothic — that category of literature in which female authors utilize Gothic themes in order to address specifically female concerns. In Evelyn's dreams, matrimony transforms into a dangerous descent into isolation, disempowerment, and potential death. If her premonition provides a true glimpse of her future, then she will join the ranks of Armand's dead models, murdered for his art. The author makes a case not only that a sizable body of such fiction was produced and widely circulated between roughly 1850 and 1930, but also that this body of fiction needs to be considered as a coherent genre of “female fiction” organized around recurrent themes and tropes that developed out of, responded to, and, in many cases, critiqued the roles of women in Victorian and Edwardian America.

Keywords: premonition; murder; female fiction; Gothic; women; Victorian; Edwardian; America

Chapter.  10608 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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