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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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Terror, Horror, and Female Gothic

Terror, Horror, and Female Gothic

(p.187) Chapter 9 Terror, Horror, and Female Gothic
Gothic for Girls

Julia Round

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter draws on the previous discussion explore how terror and horror are used in Misty, focusing on its covers, visuals and story content. These theoretical ideas are then developed further with reference to the Female Gothic: a contested term with variable meaning. The chapter summarizes the evolution of Female Gothic scholarship and arrives at a working definition. This notes the Female Gothic’s focus on the problems of female experience and use of feminine or domestic symbols, and its simultaneous mobilization of paradoxes such as rebellion/transgression and morality/conservatism.

Keywords:   Terror, Horror, Female Gothic, Domestic, Paradox

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