Lunchtime Talk: Shrinking in Terror: Writing and Haunting the Dolls House

Wednesday 13 December 2017 1:00pm - 1:45pm
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Killer Cabinet Dolls’ House, England, 1835-1838 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

“It is an anxious, sometimes a dangerous thing to be a doll. Dolls cannot choose; they can only be chosen; they cannot 'do'; they can only be done by.” Rumer Godden, The Doll’s House.

Child’s toy? Work of art? Piece of furniture? Since its first incarnations, the dolls house has been a contested object onto which societal expectations and tensions have been projected and in which domestic dramas have been played out.

In this talk, Dr Lucy Arnold, Teaching Fellow in Contemporary Literature and Drama at the University of Leeds, will be exploring what happens to the space of the dolls house when it is co-opted into the realm of the gothic, where its inherently uncanny qualities become disturbingly apparent.



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