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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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Sisterhood is monstrous: Gothic imagery in Dutch feminist fiction

Sisterhood is monstrous: Gothic imagery in Dutch feminist fiction

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(p.115) 7 Sisterhood is monstrous: Gothic imagery in Dutch feminist fiction
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Gothic kinship
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Agnes Andeweg

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719088605.003.0008

In chapter 7, Agnes Andeweg focuses on the Gothic dimensions of sisterhood in Dutch feminist fiction. Renate Dorrestein’s (1954) fictional autobiography Het perpetuum mobile van de liefde (The Perpetual Motion Machine of Love, 1988) offers a case of Gothic monstrosity perceived from a feminist perspective. Whereas the feminine monster has usually been read as indicator of the register of difference, in Dorrestein’s work the monster is monstrous because of an uncanny resemblance between Self and Other. Dorrestein investigates the feminist notion of sisterhood through the autobiographical narrative about her sister’s suicide and fictional monsters. By making the political personal again, Dorrestein finds modes to express the unspeakable rivalry and competition between sisters – and that includes feminists.

Keywords:   Sisterhood, Feminism, Monstrosity, Resemblance, Renate Dorrestein, Dutch fiction

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