The Female Gothic and Mariana Enriquez

Throughout the Latin American Gothic course, many interesting topics were discussed ranging from the Urban Gothic to the role of children in Gothic works. I went into the semester not fully aware of the difference between a scary story and a Gothic story but now I see that a Gothic story is much more than what meets the eye. Before this semester I never thought about analyzing texts or movies to find a deeper meaning. I always consumed the entertainment without giving it a second thought. Now I find myself thinking about hidden meanings or connections to the Gothic when I watch a movie like The Conjuring or when I go to the theaters to see Jordan Peele’s new movie Us which surprises me ...

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the opposite, being a deep and meaningful source of the Gothic that is easily and arguably richer than any of the Gothic outside of the specific sub-genre. To clarify, the point of this essay is not to argue the above statement but instead to showcase some of the examples we have explored in the course which I will do once I define the Female Gothic.

There are three requirements of the Female Gothic and a work must fulfill at least one of the requirements to count as a part of the genre. The first qualification is that, regardless of the theme of the work, the story is written by a female author. In this case, I will be specifically focusing on short stories written by Mariana Enriquez because of her huge success as a Argentine Gothic writer. Next, the work must portray one or more of the following traits commonly seen from female authors in this genre: a limited perspective, usually seen as first person narration; a larger importance on the psychological instead of the ...

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her to break up with her boyfriend and she soon begins to believe that true beauty is in the form of a completed skeleton so she tries to match her physique to that of a skeleton without any flesh on its bones. The narrator even ends up lying to her mother to get the mother off of her trail. The entire story is told with a limited perspective in a first person narration format and we never see any actual evidence of life within the skull, leaving out the supernatural. There is even an absence of horror and gore as everything that transpires seems to be contained to the narrator’s thoughts. The most important link to the Female Gothic is the hidden allusion to eating disorders such as ...

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Added: 6/14/2019 04:41:57 PM
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