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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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Shocking Stories

Shocking Stories

(p.94) Chapter 5 Shocking Stories
Gothic for Girls

Julia Round

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter identifies the various types of Misty story, noting that there are clear differences between its serials, single stories, and comedy series, and exploring their use of Gothic heroines, cautionary tales, and the whimsical macabre. It surveys the breakdown of different story types and closely analyzes the serial stories as identity quests about Gothic heroines who are either trapped or in flight. It compares these to the comedy series, which are based on recurring characters but without continuity, focused around an incompetent witch or ghost, and exploiting images of childhood. Finally it examines the single stories–four-page cautionary tales with a shocking twist. It situates these with respect to the horror comics industry and Gothic parody and comedy.

Keywords:   Gothic heroine, Comedy, Whimsical macabre, Parody, Cautionary tale

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