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.


Item Type Articles
CreatorsMartin, D.
DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Politics Languages and International Studies
Research CentresWomen's Studies Centre
ID Code30254
Additional InformationSpecial Issue: Writing Childhood in Post-war Women’s Writing


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