American Gothic

American Gothic : New Interventions in a National Narrative

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Drawing widely on contemporary theory - particularly revisionist views of Freud such as those offered by Lacan and Kristeva - this volume ranges from the well-known Gothic horrors of Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne to the popular fantasies of Stephen King and the postmodern visions of Kathy Acker. Special attention is paid to the issues of slavery and race in both black and white texts, including those by Ralph Ellison and William Faulkner. In the view of the editors and contributors, the Gothic is not so much a historical category as a mode of thought haunted by history, a part of suburban life and the lifeblood of films such as "The Exorcist" and "Fatal Attraction".show more

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  • Paperback | 278 pages
  • 139.7 x 226.06 x 15.24mm | 362.87g
  • University of Iowa Press
  • Iowa, United States
  • English
  • 4 drawings
  • 1587293498
  • 9781587293498
  • 1,271,847

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These essays demonstrate that the Gothic is not the outmoded paradigm that critics such as Jameson declare but rather a vital, dynamic, protean lens through which to read American culture in the broadest sense; they also reflect contemporary critical interest in such issues as race, class, and gender. This volume will take its place beside Fleenor's" The Female Gothic "and Thompson's" Gothic Imagination" as an indispensable collection for students and critics alike. Anne Williams, author, "Art of Darkness: A Poetics of Gothic""show more

About Robert K. Martin

Robert Martin is professor emeritus of English at the Universite de Montreal. Eric Savoy is professor of English at the Universite de more

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