The Contested Castle: Gothic  Novels and the Subversion of Domestic Ideology

The Contested Castle: Gothic Novels and the Subversion of Domestic Ideology by Kate Ellis epub pdf fb2

Title: The Contested Castle: Gothic Novels and the Subversion of Domestic Ideology
Author: Kate Ellis
ISBN10: 0252060482
ISBN13: 978-0252060489
Publisher: University of Illinois Press; Reissue edition (June 1, 1989)
Language: English
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
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Pages: 248 pages
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The Contested Castle: Gothic Novels and the Subversion of Domestic Ideology by Kate Ellis


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The Gothic novel emerged out of the romantic mist alongside a new conception of the home as a separate sphere for women. Looking at novels from Horace Walpole's Castle of Otranto to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Kate Ferguson Ellis investigates the relationship between these two phenomena of middle-class culture - the idealization of the home and the popularity of the Gothic - and explores how both male and female authors used the Gothic novel to challenge the false claim of home as a safe, protected place. Linking terror - the most important ingredient of the Gothic novel - to acts of transgression, Ellis shows how houses in Gothic fiction imprison those inside them, while those locked outside wander the earth plotting their return and their revenge.