Gothic Feminism

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Gothic Feminism

The Professionalization of Gender from Charlotte Smith to the Brontës


November 1st, 1998




Diane Long Hoeveler examines the Gothic novels of Charlotte Smith, Ann Radcliffe, Jane Austen, Charlotte Dacre Byrne, Mary Shelley and the Brontës to show how these writers helped define femininity for women of the British middle class. It offers both a new understanding of the genre and a wholly new interpretation of feminism as a literary ideology.

... a compellingly original integration of two of the most significant new developments in British Romantic studies—the recovery of women Romantic writers and the revaluation of gender politics in Gothic fiction.

Greg Kucich, University of Notre Dame

University of Notre Dame

Table of Contents

Section TitlePage
Introduction: Gothic Feminism and the Professionalization of “Femininity”
1. Gendering the Civilizing Process: The Case of Charlotte Smith’s Emmeline, the Orphan of the Castle
2. Gendering Victimization: Radcliffe’s Early Gothics
3. Gendering Vindication: Radcliffe’s Major Gothics
4. Hyperbolic Femininity: Jane Austen, “Rose Matilda” and Mary Shelley
5. The Triumph of the Civilizing Process: The Brontës and Romantic Feminism