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Redefining the Female Gothic in Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House

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In this essay, I set out to explore and analyze how Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, and the character of Eleanor Vance in particular, disrupts and redefines the traditional conventions of the Female Gothic within the context of

In this essay, I set out to explore and analyze how Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, and the character of Eleanor Vance in particular, disrupts and redefines the traditional conventions of the Female Gothic within the context of the 20th century. I utilize Tania Modleski's gendering of Freud's theory of psychoanalysis in her exploration of the ‘Female Uncanny,’ arguing that the source of the Uncanny in the Female Gothic can be found in the "fear of being lost in the mother." I argue that Jackson's complex personal life, including her fraught relationship with her mother and her difficult marriage with literary critic Edgar Hyman, color her fiction and the primary motivations of her protagonist, Eleanor Vance. I also outline the traditional structure of the Gothic novel and the heroine's journey. With the necessary context provided, I then explain how Eleanor Vance’s character rejects these Gothic traditions and ushers in a new era of Female Gothic fiction.

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2021-05

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Tipped-In Poems in "Poems" by William Cullen Bryant

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This edition contains four additional tipped-in poems by the book's author. Poems appear to be cut from various newspapers of the period. Signature by book's owner located on title page.

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2017-04-19

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Author Inscription in "Poems"

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This edition includes an author's inscription, "with the regards of J.T. Fields."

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2017-04-19