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Title: The Ghostly Femme Fatale : Meta-textuality, Desire, and Homo eroticism
Author: Jackson, Rachel
ISNI:       0000 0004 2668 8640
Awarding Body: University of the West of England
Current Institution: University of the West of England, Bristol
Date of Award: 2008
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This thesis offers a post-structural, psychoanalytical investigation into the representation of, and relationship between, internal texts, ghosts, and versions oftransgressive desire in five long stories written between 1890 and 1925; Vernon Lee's 'Amour Dure'(1890), Algernon Blackwood's 'The Listener' (1907), Oliver Onions' 'The Beckoning Fair One' and 'Hie Jacet' (1911), and Walter de la Mare's 'The Green Room'(l925). Although referencing the significance of Henry James to the era and themes, the main focus ofthe thesis is non-canonical. I am considering the alternative discursive space hollowed out for subversive subjectivities by meta-texts, and how these can be 'spectrally' read. This thesis offers close textual and theoretical analysis, with less emphasis placed upon historical and biographical details, which have become somewhat overly determined signifiers of, particularly the fin-de-siecle, time bracket. The choice of era is not, however, arbitrary and I am examining the impact ofthe socio-cultural anxieties of the end of Victorianism and the First World War, and how these inform upon and affect themes ofboth desire and haunting. I am concentrating on the inherently selfreflexive nature oftextuality, and how internal representations of texts succeed in ghosting the subject's fraught, and fundamentally transgressive, desiring process. I am closely working with feminist theories, largely pertaining to the body, death, and sexuality, as well as 'queer' theories of same sex desire and its subversive textual encryptions. The synthesis is upon the fragile boundaries of texts, and how these are articulated through a discourse ofghostliness: how texts transgress dichotomies, most notably those of absence and presence, male and female, sanctioned and censored desire. The drive ofthis thesis is to illustrate how narrative is fundamentally haunted by the repetitive story of its owndisruptive, internal desires.
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Qualification Name: Not available Qualification Level: Doctoral
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