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Gossip, Letters, Phones: The Scandal of Female Networks in Film and Literature

Ned Schantz


For over two hundred years of narrative culture, when female characters try to get together, crazy things happen. Indeed, the greater the means at women’s disposal, the more severe and twisted is the anxious reaction. But behind this broad anxiety lurks a powerful ideal of sympathetic and strategic female networks, an ideal that takes its intimate shape from the expectations of communications media, and that underwrites the very culture that would deny it. The book examines novelistic culture from the British novel to Hollywood film as a series of responses to the threat and promise of female ... More

Keywords: female networks, gossip, letters, telephones, telepathy, locked rooms, stalkers, gothic, novelistic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195335910
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335910.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ned Schantz, author
Department of English, McGill University
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