Feminine adolescence as uncanny : masculinity, haunting and self-estrangement
Martin, D., 2013. Feminine adolescence as uncanny : masculinity, haunting and self-estrangement. Forum for Modern Language Studies, 49 (2), pp. 135-144.
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This chapter is intended as a contribution to recent work on adolescent girlhood’s cultural construction, and reads feminine adolescence, as constituted by psychoanalysis, feminist theory, and popular discourses, as a privileged site of the uncanny, an insight which it suggests is a useful addition to current understandings of the presence of the adolescent girl in gothic and horror narratives. In particular it argues that within theories of femininity, girlhood emerges as a self-estranged, partial, or divided subjectivity, which is haunted by oedipal masculinity. It discusses the idea that the girl’s memory/experience of active desire and the social requirement for her to relinquish that desire might be experienced as uncanny, and concludes by considering the androgynous aspect of the uncanny.
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