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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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The Ghost In the Parlor: Harriet Prescott Spofford, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Anna M. Hoyt, and Edith Wharton

The Ghost In the Parlor: Harriet Prescott Spofford, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Anna M. Hoyt, and Edith Wharton

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(p.26) 1. The Ghost In the Parlor: Harriet Prescott Spofford, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Anna M. Hoyt, and Edith Wharton
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Scare Tactics
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Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823229857.003.0002

This chapter is explicitly about violence. It deals with stories about women, children, and even animals that are confined, murdered, and abused by fathers, husbands, and presumed protectors — and about restless spirits that mutely testify to these transgressions. In this chapter the author divides his attention between well-established authors and lesserknown or virtually unknown figures. He does so for three reasons: first, to establish that these concerns about the roles of women in American culture were shared by a range of female authors; second, to reread familiar authors in light of the broader context of supernatural fiction by American women; and third, to direct attention to authors and works that he feels have been unjustly neglected. As the chapter progresses, the scope of the critique broadens. Whereas Spofford and Stowe focus specifically on the plight of women, Hoyt includes children, and Wharton, most damningly of all, extends the analysis to animals.

Keywords:   violence, women, children, animals, spirits, supernatural fiction, Edith Wharton, Harriet Prescott Spofford, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Anna M. Hoyt

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