Shirley Jackson and Domesticity takes on American horror writer Shirley Jackson's domestic narratives those fictionalized in her novels and short stories as well as the ones captured in her memoirs to explore the extraordinary and often supernatural ways domestic practices and the ecology of the home influence Jackson's storytelling. Examining various areas of homemaking child-rearing and reproduction, housekeeping, architecture and spatiality, the housewife mythos through the theoretical frameworks of gothic, queer, gender, supernatural, humor, and architectural studies, this collection contextualizes Jackson's archive in a Cold War framework and assesses the impact of the work of a writer seeking to question the status quo of her time and culture.
Like Mrs. Jones, Jackson uses domesticity in a way that not only reinforces gothic tropes of the familiar-turned-terrible, but she also adds a gendered urgency, which cannot be ignored due to its interruption of expected order.
Author: Jill E. Anderson
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Category: Literary Criticism