For women-identified writers of both eras, the fantastic offered double vision. Not only did the genre offer strategic cover for challenging the status quo, but also a heuristic mechanism for teasing out the gendered psyche’s links to creative, personal, and erotic agency. These dynamic presentations of female and gender-queer subjectivity, are linked in intriguing and complex matrices to key moments in gender(ed) history.

This volume contains essays from international scholars covering a wide range of topics, including werewolves, mummies, fairies, demons, time travel, ghosts, haunted spaces and objects, race, gender, queerness, monstrosity, madness, incest, empire, medicine, and science. By interrogating two non-consecutive decades, we seek to uncover the inter-relationships among fantastic literature, feminism, and modern identity and culture. Indeed, while this book considers the relationship between the 1890s and 1920s, it is more an examination of women’s modernism in light of gendered literary production during the fin-de-siècle than the reverse.

section I|4 pages

Heaps, Rubbish, Treasure, Litter, Tatters

chapter 1|17 pages

Framing the Fin-de-Siècle Female Narrative

Ghostly Portraits of the Emerging New Woman

chapter 3|16 pages

Uncanny Mediums

Haunted Radio, Feminine Intuition, and Agatha Christie’s “Wireless”

chapter 4|15 pages

Buyer Beware

Haunted Objects in the Supernatural Tales of Margery Lawrence

section II|4 pages

Profoundly and Irresolvably Political

section III|6 pages

The Fantastic and the Modern Female Experience

chapter 10|15 pages

Fantastic Transformations

Queer Desires and “Uncanny Time” in Work by Radclyffe Hall and Virginia Woolf

chapter 11|16 pages

“To find my real friends I have to travel a long way”

Queer Time Travel in Katharine Burdekin’s Speculative Fiction

section IV|20 pages

Invitation to Dissidence

chapter 12|20 pages

Rewriting the Romantic Satan

The Sorrows and Cynicism of Marie Corelli

chapter 13|24 pages

Beauty is the Beast

Shapeshifting, Suffrage, and Sexuality in Clemence Housman’s The Were-wolf and Aino Kallas’s The Wolf’s Bride

chapter 14|16 pages

The Doctor Treats the Ten-Breasted Monster

Medicine, the Fantastic Body, and Ideological Abuse in Djuna Barnes’s Ryder