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The House and the Hallucination in Tana French’s New Irish Gothic

  • Rosemary Erickson Johnsen
Part of the Crime Files book series (CF)


Johnsen analyzes the relation of Tana French’s crime novels to earlier constructions of the gothic by Irish writers Sheridan Le Fanu and Elizabeth Bowen. The chapter demonstrates that French’s Dublin Murder Squad series transforms tropes of traditional Irish gothic into contemporary domestic noir. Houses are a typical gothic nexus, and in French’s fictional Dublin real-estate tour, everything flows through the house. Bowen’s notion of hallucination offers a fruitful way to analyze character and identity. French’s two novels with female narrators, The Likeness (2008) and The Trespasser (2016), are the primary focus of analysis, and Johnsen’s conclusion makes connections between French’s fictional exploration of modern Ireland to the Tuam babies scandal.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rosemary Erickson Johnsen
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  1. 1.Governors State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

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