GOTHIC DISCOURSE IN JEFFREY EUGENIDES'S THE VIRGIN SUICIDES -- CHALLENGING SUBURBAN UNIFORMITY AND (RE)IMAGINING "THE OTHER".

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    • Subject Terms:
    • Author-Supplied Keywords:
      entrapment
      Gothic subjects
      Gothic tropes
      history
      isolation
      suburbia
      the other
      uniformity
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    • Abstract:
      This paper argues that Jeffrey Eugenides, in his début novel, The Virgin Suicides, first questions and then challenges 'the homeliness' of the American suburbia by adopting an unsettling gothic discourse and by creating gothic subjects (the Lisbons). Gothic discourse includes the gothic tropes of confinement, persecution, alienation and contagion. My approach to the American Gothic tends to side with Siân Silyn Roberts who convincingly argues that this literary phenomenon questions the place of the individual in what he calls "a diasporic setting" (7). In eighteenth century Great Britain, Gothic fiction differentiates a literate middle class from "the other", meaning other nationalities, ethnicities and cultures. The individual becomes a container of "cultivated sensibility" (Roberts 3). In America, this model was seriously challenged due to "a climate of ontological uncertainty and rapid demographic change" (Roberts 5). The cosmopolitan city, a place of invasion, of close proximity to the other, has become the perfect setting for gothic subjects, characterised by Roberts as mutable and adaptable. However, suburbia, with its apparent idyllic life, tries to uniformize the heterogeneous tendencies of the cosmopolitan city. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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    • Author Affiliations:
      1West University of Timişoara, Romania
    • ISSN:
      2067-9696
    • Accession Number:
      134475058
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    • ABNT:
      BĂNICERU, A.-C. Gothic Discourse in Jeffrey Eugenides’s the Virgin Suicides -- Challenging Suburban Uniformity and (Re)Imagining “The Other”. Linguaculture, [s. l.], v. 9, n. 2, p. 25–40, 2018. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 12 nov. 2019.
    • AMA:
      BĂNICERU A-C. Gothic Discourse in Jeffrey Eugenides’s the Virgin Suicides -- Challenging Suburban Uniformity and (Re)Imagining “The Other.” Linguaculture. 2018;9(2):25-40. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=134475058&custid=s8280428. Accessed November 12, 2019.
    • APA:
      BĂNICERU, A.-C. (2018). Gothic Discourse in Jeffrey Eugenides’s the Virgin Suicides -- Challenging Suburban Uniformity and (Re)Imagining “The Other.” Linguaculture, 9(2), 25–40. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=134475058&custid=s8280428
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      BĂNICERU, Ana-Cristina. 2018. “Gothic Discourse in Jeffrey Eugenides’s the Virgin Suicides -- Challenging Suburban Uniformity and (Re)Imagining ‘The Other.’” Linguaculture 9 (2): 25–40. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=134475058&custid=s8280428.
    • Harvard:
      BĂNICERU, A.-C. (2018) ‘Gothic Discourse in Jeffrey Eugenides’s the Virgin Suicides -- Challenging Suburban Uniformity and (Re)Imagining “The Other”’, Linguaculture, 9(2), pp. 25–40. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=134475058&custid=s8280428 (Accessed: 12 November 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      BĂNICERU, A-C 2018, ‘Gothic Discourse in Jeffrey Eugenides’s the Virgin Suicides -- Challenging Suburban Uniformity and (Re)Imagining “The Other”’, Linguaculture, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 25–40, viewed 12 November 2019, .
    • MLA:
      BĂNICERU, Ana-Cristina. “Gothic Discourse in Jeffrey Eugenides’s the Virgin Suicides -- Challenging Suburban Uniformity and (Re)Imagining ‘The Other.’” Linguaculture, vol. 9, no. 2, July 2018, pp. 25–40. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=134475058&custid=s8280428.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      BĂNICERU, Ana-Cristina. “Gothic Discourse in Jeffrey Eugenides’s the Virgin Suicides -- Challenging Suburban Uniformity and (Re)Imagining ‘The Other.’” Linguaculture 9, no. 2 (July 2018): 25–40. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=134475058&custid=s8280428.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      BĂNICERU A-C. Gothic Discourse in Jeffrey Eugenides’s the Virgin Suicides -- Challenging Suburban Uniformity and (Re)Imagining “The Other.” Linguaculture [Internet]. 2018 Jul [cited 2019 Nov 12];9(2):25–40. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=134475058&custid=s8280428