For women-identified writers of both eras, the fantastic offered double vision. Not only did the genre offer strategic cover for challenging the status quo, but also a heuristic mechanism for teasing out the gendered psyche’s links to creative, personal, and erotic agency. These dynamic presentations of female and gender-queer subjectivity, are linked in intriguing and complex matrices to key moments in gender(ed) history.
This volume contains essays from international scholars covering a wide range of topics, including werewolves, mummies, fairies, demons, time travel, ghosts, haunted spaces and objects, race, gender, queerness, monstrosity, madness, incest, empire, medicine, and science. By interrogating two non-consecutive decades, we seek to uncover the inter-relationships among fantastic literature, feminism, and modern identity and culture. Indeed, while this book considers the relationship between the 1890s and 1920s, it is more an examination of women’s modernism in light of gendered literary production during the fin-de-siècle than the reverse.
Toward a Female Fantastic
Rebecca D. Soares, Lizzie Harris McCormick, and Jennifer Mitchell
1. Rubbish, Treasure, Litter, Tatters: Fantastic Objects in Context
2. Framing the Female Narrative: Subversive Ghost Storytelling in Works by Margaret Oliphant, Vernon Lee, and Edith Nesbit
3. Monstrous Femininity and Objectified Masculinity in Daphne du Maurier’s "The Doll"
4. Uncanny Mediums: Haunted Radio, Supernaturally Intuitive Women, and Agatha Christie’s "Wireless"
5. Buyer Beware: Haunted Objects in the Supernatural Tales of Margery Lawrence
Profoundly and Irresolvably Political: Fantastic Spaces
1. Female Desire, Colonial Ireland, and the "limits of the possible" in E. Œ. Somerville and Martin Ross’s The Silver Fox
2. The Haunting House in Elizabeth Bowen’s "The Shadowy Third"
3. Faerie Fruit and the Queer Codes of Feminist High Fantasy: Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees
The Fantastic and the Modern Female Experience: Fantastic People
1. Marie Corelli’s Ziska and Fantastic Feminism
Mary Clai Jones
2. The Fantastic and the Woman Question in Edith Nesbit’s Male Gothic Stories
Andrew Hock Soon Ng
3. Fantastic Transformations: Queer Desires and "Uncanny Time" in Work by Radclyffe Hall and Virginia Woolf
4. "To find my real friends I have to travel a long way": Queer Time Travel in Katharine Burdekin’s Speculative Fiction
Invitation to Dissidence: Fantastic Creatures
1. Rewriting the Romantic Satan: The Sorrows and Cynicism of Marie Corelli
2. Beauty is the Beast: Shapeshifting, Suffrage, and Sexuality in Clemence Housman’s The Were-wolf and Aino Kallas’s The Wolf’s Bride
Lizzie Harris McCormick
3. The Doctor Treats the Ten-Breasted Monster: Medicine, the Fantastic Body, and Ideological Abuse in Djuna Barnes’s Ryder
This series publishes monographs and essay collections on literature, art, and culture in the context of the diverse aesthetic, political, social, technological, and scientific innovations that arose among the Victorians and Modernists. Viable topics include, but are not limited to, artistic and cultural debates and movements; influential figures and communities; and agitations and developments regarding subjects such as animals, commodification, decadence, degeneracy, democracy, desire, ecology, gender, nationalism, the paranormal, performance, public art, sex, socialism, spiritualities, transnationalism, and the urban. Studies that address continuities between the Victorians and Modernists are welcome. Work on recent responses to the periods such as NeoVictorian novels, graphic novels, and film will also be considered.