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The Female Gothic was coined by Ellen Moers in 1976, when literary scholars noticed that the discourse of Gothic literature skewed androcentric. The Female Gothic focused on a gynocentric lens giving breadth to notable Gothic women writer’s and stories. This paper delves within this lens and asserts a newer term, Feminist Gothic, in order to focus less on the gender binary in order to include women and queer individuals while adding Djuna Barnes and Sylvia Plath to the Gothic canon. There is no other academic sources that place Barnes’ Nightwood and Plath’s The Bell Jar in conversation with each other. In utilizing key Gothic elements such as the grotesque, the abject, and the uncanny, these authors’ characters demonstrate resistance to the constraints of normativity. Their grotesque odysseys illumine patriarchal structures of imprisonment as well as reimagine the possibilities of freedom.
LeBlanc, Logan J., "“They bloom vivid and repulsive as the truth”: The Feminist Gothic in Djuna Barnes’ Nightwood and Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar" (2022). University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations. 2972.
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