Female Gothic

Ellen Moers pioneered the term the female gothic in 1976. Defined as literature that “articulated women’s dissatisfactions with patriarchal society and addressed the problematic position of the maternal within that society, but placed the Gothic at the centre of the female tradition.” (Smith 1) Using this classic definition of a sub genre I question whether “Gone Home” is a gothic, female gothic, or even a gothic at all.  To begin with lets look at the patriarchal society. The younger sister Sam is in the American rebellion stage and has been involved in a lesbian relationship with her best friend. There is also the subplot of Great Uncle Oscar possibly having an inappropriate relationship with Katie’s dad. The game is an investigation into the lives of her absent family and the discretions of the past. While not necessarily maternal it is pertaining to a family unit. But it does take place around gothic novel elements. Do you believe there is a distinct difference between the female gothic and a simple gothic? Could a male main role have still qualified story lines as female gothics?



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