A Companion to American Gothic

Better half to American Gothic contains a choice of unique essays that discover America's gothic literary culture.
The greatest number of essays within the box of yank Gothic.
Contributions from a wide selection of students from round the world.
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Will the “price” of the “United States” be increased or decreased by acknowledging the rights of its previous proprietors? Well, I heard that hoot owl singing As they were taking down the tents The stars above the barren trees Were his only audience Them charcoal gypsy maidens Can strut their feathers well But nobody can sing the blues Like Blind Willie McTell. One of the questions here would be about who is talking, uttering, speaking; who, perhaps, is imitating what. For of course, in a sense the whole of “American literature” falls under the sign of “repetition with difference,” of echo: the need to echo Europe in order – or so we might hypothesize – to drown out the voices closer to home, the suppressed indigenous voices.

4 Jerrold E. S. Eliot. Gothic fictions have remained unworthy of attention until the 1960s because they have never fit into such molds. Since England’s Horace Walpole defined the “Gothic Story” in his second edition of The Castle of Otranto (1765) as a “blend” of “two kinds of romance,” the aristocratic, Catholic, and supernatural “ancient” and the middle-class, largely Protestant, and more realistic “modern” (Walpole 1996: 9) – an in-organicism echoed by Hawthorne in his 1851 Preface to The House of the Seven Gables (1962: 15–17) – the Gothic has become established as anti-New Critical in its flagrant mixture of different genres and ideologies, an arouser of the fears instigated by visible conflicts between retrogressive and progressive views of the world.

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