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Incest and beyond
Jenny DiPlacidi

. Catherine Spooner, Contemporary Gothic ( 2006 ) 1 This book has sought to bring to light the variety of incestuous configurations in the Gothic. In order to do this, I have relied not only on existing literary scholarship, but also on a broad methodological approach that includes anthropological, political, philosophical, legal and

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Disrupting the critical genealogy of the Gothic
Jenny DiPlacidi

almost exclusively as the rape of girls by older male family members. 37 That such formations of this incest paradigm coincided with feminist criticism’s reclamation of the Female Gothic in the 1970s undoubtedly determined literary scholarship to read incest in the Gothic as representative of violent sexual aggression. 38 Seminal works on the Female Gothic by scholars such as Ellen

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Father– daughter incest and the economics of exchange
Jenny DiPlacidi

female sexuality and incest that find their way into literary scholarship on the Gothic. 14 Even scholars who seek to displace Freudian models of sexual desire sometimes return to the Freudian paradigms that are so entrenched in literary analyses of incest and sexuality more generally. 15 Julie Shaffer, for example, argues first that ‘by situating explicit incestuous lust

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Cousins and the changing status of family
Jenny DiPlacidi

economy and their application to literary scholarship on eighteenth-century texts in Women’s Work: Labour, Gender, Authorship, 1750–1830 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2010), pp. 44–58. 32 Perry, p. 234. 33

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