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Splattered InkPostfeminist Gothic Fiction and Gendered Violence$
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Sarah E. Whitney

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040467

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040467.001.0001

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Terror and Brightness

Terror and Brightness

What Can Postfeminist Gothic Do?

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(p.1) 1 Terror and Brightness
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Splattered Ink
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Sarah E. Whitney

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040467.003.0001

This chapter discusses the continuing relevance of postfeminist gothic works in literature. “Postfeminism” is used throughout this book to describe a powerful cultural sensibility that assumes that gender equity has been achieved, and that feminism is now both obsolete and undesirable. Postfeminist gothic novels, however, violently intrude on the well-constructed fantasy of a safe and equitable world. They feature abject protagonists who are socially invisible, physically broken, or speaking from the grave. Emphasizing women's disempowerment, they go against the grain of a victim-resistant, empowerment-oriented age. In their very narratives, which often foreclose happiness, these works also eschew the therapeutic structures embedded in postfeminist popular culture.

Keywords:   postfeminist gothic works, postfeminism, postfeminist popular culture, women's disempowerment, gender, feminism

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