Haunted Housekeeping: Fatal Attractions of Servant and Mistress in Twentieth-Century Female Gothic Literature

@article{Blackford2005HauntedHF,
  title={Haunted Housekeeping: Fatal Attractions of Servant and Mistress in Twentieth-Century Female Gothic Literature},
  author={Holly Virginia Blackford},
  journal={Lit: Literature Interpretation Theory},
  year={2005},
  volume={16},
  pages={233 - 261}
}
  • H. Blackford
  • Published 1 April 2005
  • Art
  • Lit: Literature Interpretation Theory
In two of Edith Wharton’s ghost stories, ‘‘The Lady’s Maid’s Bell’’ (1902) and ‘‘Mr. Jones’’ (1928), dead servants, despite being dead, refuse to relinquish their positions in their households. In these stories and Wharton’s ‘‘All Souls’ ’’ (1937), servants refuse to allow female newcomers authority in the houses they serve. This narrative situation recurs in Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca (1938). The head housekeeper of Manderley, Mrs. Danvers, literally serves the dead by continuing to serve her… 
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