Death in Nineteenth-Century British Literature Feminist Perspectives - Essay

Feminist Perspectives

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

Elisabeth Bronfen (essay date 1992)

SOURCE: "Necromancy, or Closing the Crack on the Gravestone," in Over Her Dead Body: Death, Feminity, and the Aesthetic, Manchester University Press, 1992, pp. 291-323.

[In the following excerpt, focusing on Wilkie Collins ' The Woman in White and Emily Brontë 's Wuthering Heights, Bronfen explores how the disrupting presence of the revenantone who returns from death—poses questions concerning identity and the nature of death.]

If we could be sure of the difference between the determinable and the undeterminable, the undeterminable would be comprehended within the...

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