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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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Surface Reflections

Surface Reflections

Gothic Symbols, Settings, and Archetypes

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(p.226) Chapter 11 Surface Reflections
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Gothic for Girls
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Julia Round

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496824455.003.0012

This chapter examines the use of Gothic symbols, settings and archetypes in the context of gender. It pays particular attention to the use of the double, the Other, and associated symbols such as mirrors and masks, arguing that these are used to explore the limits of female identity and to interrogate issues of control and change. It also analyzes the settings of the Misty stories, demonstrating that these often contain an intrusion of the past into the present, creating the ‘Gothic cusp’, which manifests as an uncanny feeling of dislocation. It concludes by exploring the treatment of Gothic archetypes (focusing particularly on witches, vampires, and ghosts), and reveals that these appear less than might be expected, and are frequently handled subversively or sympathetically.

Keywords:   Double, Other, Witch, Vampire, Ghost

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