Vernon Lee: Hauntings and Other Fantastic Tales (1646 words)

Anactoria Clarke (The Open University)
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Published in 1890, Hauntings is the first of Lee’s main collections of ghost stories, although three of the stories were previously published elsewhere. Out of fashion and marginalised for many years, despite her large and varied oeuvre, Lee’s ghost stories demonstrate “imaginative complexity” (Maxwell, 2013: 278) and explore Lee’s aestheticism of the past and “Victorian fascination with the Renaissance” (Smith, 2010: 76). They have also been considered to represent marginalised female figures, thus challenging historical narratives (Fu, 2019: 647). Having gone out of vogue due to an unpopular pacifist stance during World War I, her work reflects her wide-ranging interests and bridges &l…

Citation: Clarke, Anactoria. "Hauntings and Other Fantastic Tales". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 February 2020 [, accessed 06 April 2020.]

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