Strange Dance Days single work   short story  
Issue Details: First known date: 2010 2010
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  • Author's note: 'This work is impelled by a proposition that the Gothic trope of the imprisoned madwoman holds resonance and power as a narrative device for exploring Australia's difficult past. Adapted from 'Bluebeard's Wife', this trope has long held potency for women writers (Williams 1995; Gilbert and Gubar 1979), epitomised by the incarcerated Caribbean wife, of Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea. The setting, a Gothic Revival Lunatic Asylum, is both emblem of power and site of surveillance (Foucault 2001: 37), invoking fears of hybridisation and dissolution.'

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