Claire Kahane (essay date 1983)
SOURCE: Kahane, Claire. “The Maternal Legacy: The Grotesque Tradition in Flannery O'Connor's Female Gothic.” In The Female Gothic, edited by Juliann E. Fleenor, pp. 242-56. Montreal: Eden Press, 1983.
[In the following essay, Kahane writes that O'Connor's female characters, using the techniques of gothic fiction, profoundly articulate their sense of helplessness within and revolt against established cultural order.]
Gothic fiction has received a good deal of critical attention in the last decade, and much of it from psychoanalytic critics, who find its easy display of fantasy in the service of fear congenial to their analyses. For the most part, these critics...
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