Abstract

Abstract:

This essay considers Constance Fenimore Woolson's "Miss Grief," Hawthorne's "The Birth-mark," James's The Beast in the Jungle, his 1880 essay on Woolson, and Elizabeth Maguire's The Open Door against the backdrop of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick's theory of the paranoid gothic, a quasi-supernatural dynamic in which a male protagonist fears manipulation by an Other to whom his unconsciousness appears transparent. Through close reading of key figures, notably catachresis, I analyze the intertextual connections among these constellated texts and examine their allegorizing of the operation of tropology in relation to the paranoid gothic.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1558-9595
Print ISSN
0004-1610
Pages
pp. 1-24
Launched on MUSE
2021-06-10
Open Access
No
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