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Splattered Ink: Postfeminist Gothic Fiction and Gendered Violence

Sarah E. Whitney


In-depth and refreshingly readable, this book is a bold analysis of postfeminist gothic, a literary genre that continues to jar readers, reject happy endings, and find powerful new ways to talk about violence against women. The book explores the genre's challenge to postfeminist assumptions of women's equality and empowerment. The authors it examines—Patricia Cornwell, Jodi Picoult, Susanna Moore, Sapphire, and Alice Sebold—construct narratives around socially invisible and physically broken protagonists who directly experience consequences of women's ongoing disempowerment. Their works ask re ... More

Keywords: postfeminist gothic, violence, women's empowerment, women's equality, Patricia Cornwell, Jodi Picoult, Susanna Moore, Alice Sebold, disempowerment, postfeminism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780252040467
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040467.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah E. Whitney, author
Penn State Erie, The Behrend College