Scottish Women's Gothic and Fantastic Writing considers four thematic areas of the supernatural - quests, dangerous women, doubles and ghosts - each explored in one of the four main chapters. Being the first critical work to bring together contemporary women's writing and the Scottish fantasy tradition, the volume pioneers in-depth investigation of some previously neglected texts such as Ali Smith's Hotel World; Alice Thompson's Justine; Margaret Elphinstone's longer fiction, as well as offering new readings of more popular texts including A.L. Kennedy's So I am glad, Emma Tennant's The Bad Sister and Two Women of London. Underlying the broad scope of this survey are the links - both explicit and implicit - established between the examined texts and the Scottish supernatural tradition. Having established a connection with a distinctively Scottish canon, Monica Germana points to the ways in which the selected texts simultaneously break from past traditions and reveal points of departure through their exploration of otherness as well as their engagement with feminist and postmodernist discourses in relation to the questions of identity and the interrogation of the real.
Key Features * Original in scope and theoretical approach * Covers high profiles figures such as A L Kennedy, Muriel Spark and Emma Tennant as well as emerging authors such as Ali Smith and Alice Thompson * Contribution to scholarship in the areas of genre, gender and nation theory
Dr Monica Germana is lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Westminster. Her research interests include late twentieth-century and contemporary British literature, with a specific emphasis on the Gothic, contemporary women's writing and Scottish literature. Her academic work has previously appeared in leading journals including Women's Writing and Notes and Queries, as well edited collections of essays; she is currently editing a special issue of Gothic Studies on contemporary Scottish Gothic.
1 Introduction; 2 Quests and Other Worlds; 3 Witches, Demon Lovers and Female Monsters; 4 Doubles: Bodily Duplications and Schizoid Selves; 5 Ghosts: Dissolving the Boundaries; 6 The Death of the Other?; Appendix: Genealogies in Sian Hayton's trilogy; Bibliography; Index.