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Scare TacticsSupernatural Fiction by American Women$
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Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780823229857

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823229857.001.0001

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Introduction: The Unacknowledged Tradition

Introduction: The Unacknowledged Tradition

(p.1) Introduction: The Unacknowledged Tradition
Scare Tactics

Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock

Fordham University Press

“The Premonition” is a perfect example of the Female Gothic — that category of literature in which female authors utilize Gothic themes in order to address specifically female concerns. In Evelyn's dreams, matrimony transforms into a dangerous descent into isolation, disempowerment, and potential death. If her premonition provides a true glimpse of her future, then she will join the ranks of Armand's dead models, murdered for his art. The author makes a case not only that a sizable body of such fiction was produced and widely circulated between roughly 1850 and 1930, but also that this body of fiction needs to be considered as a coherent genre of “female fiction” organized around recurrent themes and tropes that developed out of, responded to, and, in many cases, critiqued the roles of women in Victorian and Edwardian America.

Keywords:   premonition, murder, female fiction, Gothic, women, Victorian, Edwardian, America

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