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After Hysteria: Debating Female Fetishism as a Coping Mechanism

By Tsung-huei Huang

Screen, Maze, and the Female Dissimulation: Consuming Gothic Romance in Margaret Atwood’s Lady Orac

By Hsiu-chuan Lee
REAL: Review of English and American Literature [Yingmei wenxue pinglun]

Women’s consumption of gothic romance has been an important subject of study in contemporary popular culture. This paper analyzes Margaret Atwood’s Lady Oracle (1976), exploring the complicated relationship between contemporary female readers and the gothic production/consumption. Briefly, a metafiction dramatizing the production and consumption of gothic romance, Lady Oracle juxtaposes its female protagonist’s realist confessions and her gothic writings, significantly subjecting the mechanic reproduction of popular romance to serious cultural critiques.

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