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Gothic for GirlsMisty and British Comics$
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Julia Round

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781496824455

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2020

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496824455.001.0001

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(p.3) Introduction
(p.iii) Gothic for Girls

Julia Round

University Press of Mississippi

This introductory chapter explains why Misty and British girls’ comics are culturally significant and textually interesting, and situates them within the bigger picture of Gothic scholarship. It argues that the history of the British comics industry is in danger of being forgotten due to a lack of records, but is relevant to those writing for children today, particularly as Gothic themes are on the rise. It provides a literature review of Gothic scholarship and notes in particular definitional problems, the diversity of critical approaches, and blind spots within current scholarship that has often neglected girls’ and children’s literature. Key terms such as terror, horror, mystery and ambivalence are defined, and the chapter closes by summarising the structure of the book.

Keywords:   Gothic scholarship, Children’s literature, Terror, Horror, Girls’ comics

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