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Scottish Women's Gothic and Fantastic WritingFiction since 1978$
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Monica Germana

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748637645

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637645.001.0001

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Witches, Demon Lovers and Female Monsters

Witches, Demon Lovers and Female Monsters

(p.60) Chapter 3 Witches, Demon Lovers and Female Monsters
Scottish Women's Gothic and Fantastic Writing

Monica Germanà

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter focuses on the topic of witches in contemporary fantastic writings of Scottish women. It analyses Ellen Galford's Queendom Come, Alice Thompson's Pandora's Box and Ali Smith's The Accidental. The chapter suggests that the witch in these works is a simultaneous embodiment of female marginalisation and feminist subversion, and that the dangerous woman characters challenge binary oppositions between gender and the established hierarchical order.

Keywords:   witches, fantastic writings, Scottish women, Ellen Galford, Queendom Come, Alice Thompson, Pandoras Box, Ali Smith, Accidental, feminist subversion

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