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Agnes Andeweg and Sue Zlosnik

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719088605

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719088605.001.0001

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Matriarchal picture identification in first-wave British Gothic fiction1

Matriarchal picture identification in first-wave British Gothic fiction1

(p.12) 1 Matriarchal picture identification in first-wave British Gothic fiction1
Gothic kinship

Kamilla Elliott

Manchester University Press

This chapter deals with the importance of maternal miniature identification for first-wave Gothic heroines. Elliott focuses on how first-wave Gothic fiction pits matriarchal against patriarchal pictorial identifications to reinforce the bourgeois attack on aristocratic patriarchy with gendered as well as class-based narratives of kinship. Gothic texts such as Evelina, The Confessional of Valombre and others demonstrate that, against an overt play of binary oppositions, and against the prevailing emphasis on difference in contemporary literary studies, the greatest power of matriarchal picture identification lies in its ability to produce and project devastating resemblances.

Keywords:   Miniatures, Identification, Resemblance, Maternal lineage, Aristocracy, Bourgeoisie, Eleanor Sleath, The Orphan of the Rhine (1796), Louisa Sidney Stanhope, The Confessional of Valombre (1812)

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