Daughters of the house : modes of the gothic in Victorian fiction /
Alison Milbank.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1992.
xi, 217 p. ; 23 cm.
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 1992.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 202-213) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1993-01:
An account of the transition from 18th-century to Victorian gothic, from distinctly "female" and "male" gothics respectively representing female escape from male domination within a gothic edifice or the countering attempts to penetrate the interior and secrets of said haunted castle or its architectural kindred to later 19th-century blends of and variations on these types. Millbank highlights Collins, Dickens, Charlotte Bront"e, and Le Fanu. Her critiques argue for increasingly emphatic attempts, culminating in the fiction of Le Fanu, most notably Uncle Silas, to get beyond what was so often the hideous mystery of death in older gothics and to come to terms with death as a means of expanding our comprehension and the living of life. There are, to be sure, no easy means to such ends, and the processes are ridden with ambiguities. Millbank's readings will enlarge our understanding of the authors included. The Collins section is especially worthwhile and makes good companion reading for Tamar Heller's Dead Secrets: Wilkie Collins and the Female Gothic (CH, Sep'92) and other recent work on Collins and sensation fiction. Deft instead of hammer-blow employment of recent critical theory adds positive dimension to the book; poor proofing detracts. Advanced undergraduate; graduate; faculty. B. F. Fisher IV; University of Mississippi
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Table of Contents
A Note on Texts Used
Introductionp. 1
Breaking and Entering: Wilkie Collins's Sensation Fictionp. 25
Hidden and Sought: Wilkie Collins's Gothic Fictionp. 54
Housekeepers: Bleak Housep. 80
Ruination: Little Dorritp. 102
In the Passages of Desire: Great Expectationsp. 121
'Handling the Veil': Charlotte Brontep. 140
The Haunted House: Sheridan Le Fanup. 158
Through a Glass Darkly: Uncle Silasp. 174
Conclusion: Through the Looking Glassp. 198
Notesp. 202
Indexp. 214
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