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American Gothic
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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. vii-xii
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  1. I. FRAMING THE GOTHIC: THEORIES AND HISTORIES
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. The Face of the Tenant: A Theory of American Gothic
  2. pp. 3-19
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  1. The Nurture of the Gothic, or How Can a Text Be Both Popular and Subversive?
  2. pp. 20-39
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  1. Dr. Frankenstein Meets Dr. Freud
  2. pp. 40-53
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  1. II. PSYCHOANALYSIS AND THE GOTHIC
  2. pp. 54-55
  1. The Gothic Import of Faulkner's
  2. pp. 57-74
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  1. On Stephen King's Phallus, or The Postmodern Gothic
  2. pp. 75-96
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  1. III. RACIAL POLITICS IN GOTHIC TEXTS
  2. pp. 97-98
  1. Slavery and the Gothic Horror of Poe's
  2. pp. 99-128
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  1. Haunted by Jim Crow: Gothic Fictions by Hawthorne and Faulkner
  2. pp. 129-142
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  1. Looking into Black Skulls: American Gothic, the Revolutionary Theatre, and Arniri Baraka's Dutchman
  2. pp. 143-160
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  1. IV. GOTHIC CURRENTS IN WOMEN'S WRITING
  2. pp. 161-162
  1. An Ecstasy of Apprehension: The Gothic Pleasures of Sentimental Fiction
  2. pp. 163-182
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  1. The Masochistic Pleasures of the Gothic: Paternal Incest in Alcott's
  2. pp. 183-201
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  1. If a Building Is a Sentence, So Is a Body: Kathy Acker and the Postcolonial Gothic
  2. pp. 202-214
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  1. V. THE GOTHIC POSTMODERN
  2. pp. 215-216
  1. Making Monsters, or Serializing Killers
  2. pp. 217-236
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  1. Some Stations of Suburban Gothic
  2. pp. 237-257
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  1. Notes on Contributors
  2. pp. 259-262
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 263-265
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