A Companion to American Gothic

A Companion to American Gothic

Language: English

Pages: 612

ISBN: 0470671874

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

A Companion to American Gothic

Language: English

Pages: 612

ISBN: 0470671874

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A Companion to American Gothic features a collection of original essays that explore America’s gothic literary tradition.

  •  The largest collection of essays in the field of American Gothic
  • Contributions from a wide variety of scholars from around the world
  •  The most complete coverage of theory, major authors, popular culture and non-print media available

 

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their “desire to transform these ruins into a new kind of stone that will be the American civilization.” 20  The image subverts the symbolism of tarot card number 5, “The Cosmic Law.” American Ruins and the Ghost Town Syndrome 39 References Bloom, H. (2009). Harold Bloom on Blood Meridian. http://www.avclub.com/articles/harold-bloomon-blood-meridian,29214/ (accessed April 30, 2013). Borg, M.J. (2012). “Listening for the Voice of God.” http://www.explorefaith.org/homiliesLent/

Satan had sent demons to tempt and persecute Christians. Given the status of the Salem witch hunts as a foundational American trauma, it is unsurprising that Salem and witches more generally possess a special hold on the American imagination. In Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown,” Brown may or may not have set out from Salem and joined the devil and various esteemed American Monsters 47 townspeople at a witches’ sabbat in the forest. Written over a century later, Arthur Miller’s 1952 play

fear of slave revolt create the Gothic’s strange brew of fear, retribution, and resistance. The relationship between slavery’s Gothic history and the Atlantic world’s Gothic fictions, however, was mutually constituted. If Gothic fiction relied on slavery’s actualities for its tropes and terror, slavery’s cultural meanings were shaped through the Gothic within public discourse. As Matt Clavin argues, the Haitian Revolution was constructed as Gothic – decried as “the horrors of St. Domingo” – in

Historically in a “union of opposites” basic to “the American outlook” (xi) in which there are “hesitations between tradition and modernity” (241) because the “New World” (4) is haunted by Old-World Original Sins, among them the “institution of slavery” (34). This account even brings Brockden Brown and Poe back into equality with Hawthorne and Melville by showing how they all manifest this conflicted mentality through a “literary iconology” of recast older archetypes (x). Levin thus combines New

companion to American gothic / edited by Charles L. Crow.    pages cm   Includes bibliographical references and index.   ISBN 978-0-470-67187-0   1.  Gothic revival (Literature)–United States–History.  I.  Crow, Charles L., editor of compilation.   PS374.G68C66 2014   813'.0872909–dc23               2013018583 A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library. Cover image: Edwin Romanzo Elmer, Mourning, 1890. De Agostini Picture Library / The Bridgeman Art Library. Cover

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