The Haunted Space of the Mind: The Revival of the Gothic Romance in the Twenty-First Century

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The Gothic romance follows transgressive impulses as the Gothic always has. The transgressions we are seeing today are enmeshed in this particular historical moment and expand the boundaries of our understanding of the mind and of female sexuality. They rebel against excessive desires to know and against narrow definitions of women's eroticism. The Gothic yearns for the mystery of the self, for erotic darkness, but finally the deepest mystery the Gothic romance keeps alive is still that of all romance: the transformative experience of love. (91)