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The Ghost Story, 1840–1920A Cultural History$
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Andrew Smith

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780719074462

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719074462.001.0001

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Love, money, and history: the female ghost story

Love, money, and history: the female ghost story

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(p.69) 4 Love, money, and history: the female ghost story
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The Ghost Story, 1840–1920
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Andrew Smith

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719074462.003.0005

This chapter discusses gender issues by acknowledging the crucially innovative form of the female-authored ghost story. It focuses on the works of Charlotte Riddell, Vernon Lee, and May Sinclair, who addressed themes of love, money and history. Riddell demonstrates an interest in the relationship between money and spectrality in The Uninhabited House, while Lee explores the place of women's writing within male historical narratives and even gives the notion of romantic love a historical inflection. Finally, the chapter takes a look at Sinclair, who questions the relationship between history and writing and examines the relationship between love, history and authorship.

Keywords:   gender issues, female-authored, ghost story, Charlotte Riddell, Vernon Lee, May Sinclair, love, money, spectrality, male historical narratives

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