Alice Thompson's Gothic Metamorphoses: The Allusive Languages of Myth, Fairy Tale and Monstrosity in The Falconer

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This essay examines how Alice Thompson's novel, The Falconer (2008), creates a richly allusive Gothic weave by analysing its symbolic languages of myth, nature, and monstrosity, and how it reimagines and reinterprets other modes and texts associated with the Gothic, namely Du Maurier's Rebecca and the Bluebeard fairy tale, as well as Scottish ballad tradition and popular fairy belief. Mirroring the trope of metamorphosis which thematically and stylistically informs the novel, the essay also explores how these allusively poetic uses of Gothic become politicised in the portrayal of German Nazism and of traumatic historical memory.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-62
Number of pages14
JournalGothic Studies
Volume13
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • myth
  • fairy tale
  • bluebeard
  • german romanticism
  • ballad
  • Daphne du Maurier

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