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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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Ghosts: Dissolving the Boundaries

Ghosts: Dissolving the Boundaries

(p.134) Chapter 5 Ghosts: Dissolving the Boundaries
Scottish Women's Gothic and Fantastic Writing

Monica Germanà

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter considers the revenant motif in fantastic writings of Scottish women. It explains that this motif serves as the paradoxical site of theoretical discourses about corporeality and ethereality, life and death, and seen and unseen. The chapter offers an interpretation of Elspeth Barker's O Caledonia, A.L. Kennedy's So I Am Glad and Ali Smith's Hotel World, suggesting that the ghost in twentieth-century writings signifies the overcoming of structuralist dualism.

Keywords:   revenant motif, fantastic writings, Scottish women, structuralist dualism, Elspeth Barker, O Caledonia, A.L. Kennedy, I Am Glad, Ali Smith, Hotel World

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