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, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 189–205 | Cite as

The discourse of the other: Female gothic in contemporary women's writing

  • Sarolta Marinovich
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Keywords

Down Syndrome Female Body Postpartum Depression Short Story Woman Writer 

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