Date: Sat, 25 May 2013 18:02:30 +0200
- Forum for Modern Language Studies - current issue
Feminine Adolescence as Uncanny: Masculinity, Haunting and Self-Estrangement
This article is intended as a contribution to recent work on the cultural construction of adolescent girlhood, and reads feminine adolescence, as constituted by psychoanalysis, feminist theory and popular discourses, as a privileged site of the uncanny, an insight which it suggests is a useful addition to current understandings of the presence of the adolescent girl in gothic and horror narratives. It argues that, within theories of femininity, girlhood emerges as a self-estranged, partial or divided subjectivity, which is haunted by oedipal masculinity. It discusses the idea that the girl's memory or experience of active desire and the social requirement for her to relinquish that desire might be experienced as uncanny, and concludes by considering the androgynous aspect of the uncanny.