Synopses & Reviews
Throughout nineteenth-century Britain, female writers excelled within the genre of supernatural literature. Much of their short fiction and poetry uses ghosts as figures to symbolize the problems of gender, class, economics, and imperialism, thus making their supernatural literature something more than just a good scare. Women’s Ghost Literature in Nineteenth-Century Britain recovers and analyzes for a new audience this “social supernatural” ghost literature, as well as the lives and literary careers of the women who wrote it.
“This groundbreaking study makes a persuasive case that nineteenth-century women authors wrote ghosts into their fiction and poetry not just in order to entertain but also as a vehicle for social criticism. Through the figure of the ghost, they drew attention to religious, gender, and class-based inequality within British society, and to the human costs of empire and the industrial revolution.” Paula Feldman, University of South Carolina
About the Author
Melissa Edmundson Makala
teaches in the Division of Arts and Letters at the University of South Carolina Sumter.
Table of Contents
1. Female Revenants and the Beginnings of Womens Ghost Literature
2. Ghostly Lovers and Transgressive Supernatural Sexualities
3. ‘Uncomfortable Houses and the Spectres of Capital
4. Haunted Empire: Spectral Uprisings as Imperialist Critique