American Gothic Fiction: An Introduction

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A&C Black, Oct 8, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 197 pages
Following the structure of other titles in the Continuum Introductions to Literary Genres series, American Gothic Fiction includes: A broad definition of the genre and its essential elements. A timeline of developments within the genre. Critical concerns to bear in mind while reading in the genre. Detailed readings of a range of widely taught texts. In-depth analysis of major themes and issues. Signposts for further study within the genre. A summary of the most important criticism in the field. A glossary of terms. An annotated, critical reading list. This book offers students, writers, and serious fans a window into some of the most popular topics, styles and periods in this subject. Authors studied in American Gothic Fiction include Charles Brockden Brown, William Montgomery Bird, James Fenimore Cooper, Edgar Allan Poe, George Lippard, Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne, William Gilmore Simms, John Neal, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Ambrose Bierce, Emma Dawson, W.D. Howells, Henry James, William Faulkner, Anne Rice and William Gibson>

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This book is the central, best introduction to the American Gothic. What it's best at is differentiating the American tradition from the British one; the first chapter in particular is a full primer for the American tradition of dark fiction. Best read alongside Leslie Fiedler's Love and Death in the American novel. 

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This book is a fine choice for anyone who wishes to study the American Gothic, no matter their level of familiarity with it. Read full review


How to Read American Gothic
Major Themes in American Gothic
Key Questions
American Gothic Criticism
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Allan Lloyd-Smith is Senior Lecturer in American Literature at the University of East Anglia, UK.

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