Love, money, and history: the female ghost story

Andrew Smith

in The Ghost Story, 1840–1920

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780719074462
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700006 | DOI:
Love, money, and history: the female ghost story

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This chapter discusses gender issues by acknowledging the crucially innovative form of the female-authored ghost story. It focuses on the works of Charlotte Riddell, Vernon Lee, and May Sinclair, who addressed themes of love, money and history. Riddell demonstrates an interest in the relationship between money and spectrality in The Uninhabited House, while Lee explores the place of women's writing within male historical narratives and even gives the notion of romantic love a historical inflection. Finally, the chapter takes a look at Sinclair, who questions the relationship between history and writing and examines the relationship between love, history and authorship.

Keywords: gender issues; female-authored; ghost story; Charlotte Riddell; Vernon Lee; May Sinclair; love; money; spectrality; male historical narratives

Chapter.  14686 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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