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Realism and the supernatural in ghost stories of the fin de siècle

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posted on 07.06.2021, 10:07 by Nick FreemanNick Freeman
This article examines the uses of realism in fin-de-siècle ghost stories by Vernon Lee, Ella D’Arcy, Rudyard Kipling, and Gertrude Atherton, It argues that forms of realist practice were central to the sophistication of these stories, and draws connections between their use in supernatural fiction and the work of modernists such as Joseph Conrad. Examining works from the late 1880s to 1905, it maintains that the dismissal of realism by modernists such as Woolf underestimated its importance and its versatility, and that the ghost story’s importance as a vehicle for literary experiment is insufficiently acknowledged.

History

School

  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • English

Published in

English Literature

Volume

7

Pages

133 - 150

Publisher

Edizioni Ca’ Foscari

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The authors

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Edizioni Ca’ Foscari under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

12/12/2020

Publication date

2020-12-21

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

2385-1635

eISSN

2420-823X

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Nick Freeman. Deposit date: 4 June 2021