A Novel Look at the Female Gothic

  • Ana Dolorit Florida State University

Abstract

The Female Gothic, as coined by Ellen Moer in her celebrated novel Literary Women, presents women's domestic roles through the supernatural to express the horrors of their docility. Narratives pertaining to this literary canon are frequently considered reflective of a woman's journey toward liberation. By analyzing current film and television narratives alongside a classic short story, this paper reveals a neglected aspect of the Female Gothic mode. The conversation centered on the characteristics of the Female Gothic, while fitting in its observations, disregards the medium that realizes such familiar themes as female entrapment and a suppressive male antagonist. Through fastidious analyses of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper," along with Netflix's miniseries The Haunting of Bly Manor (2020) and Universal Picture's The Invisible Man (2020), this essay demonstrates how the act of looking effectuates women's doubts over domestic confinements.

            Key words: Female Gothic, act of looking

Author Biography

Ana Dolorit, Florida State University

Ana Dolorit is a second-year undergrad majoring in Literature, Media, and Culture with minors in Psychology and Political Philosophy. Ana has participated in two undergraduate research symposiums to date, exhibiting her research in religious freedom and the interactions between police body-worn cameras and citizen race. Next year, she will be developing an Honor's in the Major thesis on the political pertinence of Marshall Mather's lyricism. Ana is committed to exploring political inquiries, but she has also published personal articles and poems through FSU's Her Campus chapter and Woman Student Union's annual magazine, Her Voice. Besides her research and academics engagements, Ana spares no effort to look past superficial labels and search for authenticity in the ruffles of life. 

Published
2021-04-13
Section
Research Articles