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The Palgrave Handbook of the Southern Gothic

Editors: Castillo Street, Susan, Crow, Charles L. (Eds.)

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About this book

This book examines ‘Southern Gothic’ - a term that describes some of the finest works of the American Imagination. But what do ‘Southern’ and ‘Gothic’ mean, and how are they related? Traditionally seen as drawing on the tragedy of slavery and loss, ‘Southern Gothic’ is now a richer, more complex subject. Thirty-five distinguished scholars explore the Southern Gothic, under the categories of Poe and his Legacy; Space and Place; Race; Gender and Sexuality; and Monsters and Voodoo.   The essays examine slavery and the laws that supported it, and stories of slaves who rebelled and those who escaped. Also present are the often-neglected issues of the Native American presence in the South, socioeconomic class, the distinctions among the several regions of the South, same-sex relationships, and norms of gendered behaviour. This handbook covers not only iconic figures of Southern literature but also other less well-known writers, and examines gothic imagery in film and in contemporary television programmes such as True Blood and True Detective.

About the authors

Susan Castillo Street is Harriet Beecher Stowe Professor Emerita, King’s College London, UK. She has published extensively on writing of the Early Americas, Native American writing, nineteenth-century American literature, and the Southern Gothic. She is also a published poet and literary translator.
Charles L. Crow is Professor Emeritus of English at Bowling Green State University, USA. His publications include A Companion to the Regional Literatures of America (2003), American Gothic (2009), American Gothic: An Anthology From Salem Witchcraft to H. P. Lovecraft (2012), and A Companion to American Gothic (2013).

Reviews



“The Southern Gothic represents, truly, the dark side of a dark genre. Though ostensibly defined by regional geography, its implications arguably haunt the genre permeating national boundaries, temporal distinctions and those representative divisions associated with the many media through which Gothic has historically expressed its unease. This authoritative and comprehensive collection surveys the breadth of Southern Gothic authors, from the paradigmatic Poe to the iconoclastic McCarthy, through the short story and novel to stage, cinema and television, taking in those unique and historical landmarks – slavery, voodoo, degeneration – that Southern Gothic has redefined and revitalised for a new century. The editors have brought together a work of distinction: the Palgrave Handbook of the Southern Gothic will be an essential tool not merely for scholars of American writing, but also for any critic engaged in the serious study of this important literary tradition.” (William Hughes, Bath Spa University, UK)

“Darkness in the Sunshine State, tropical chills, hell on high water, haunted plantations and sinister swamps all come together in this exciting new collection to offer readers insights into a Gothic sense of place in the American South. Covering analyses of a range of diverse authors (such as Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Chesnutt, Tennessee Williams and Eudora Welty) and subjects (such as New Orleans vampires, Caribbean Voodoo, slave revolts and racial passing), this book is vital reading for students and scholars of Gothic literature and culture.” (Justin Edwards, University of Surrey, UK)

“The Palgrave Handbook of the Southern Gothic will prove absolutely indispensible to anyone with a scholarly, teaching, or readerly interest in the subject area. The essays featured here cover an impressive and truly representative range of individual authors, topics, and themes, and combine to provide a truly panoramic (and up-to-date) survey of the Southern Gothic in its many manifestations.” (Bernice Murphy, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)

“Given its wide range of focal points and the insightful excellence – even eloquence – of its 36 essays, this is now the “go-to” volume to start guiding students, their instructors, and other interested readers into the astonishing variety and haunting complexity of the American “Southern Gothic” in literature, film, and television.” (Jerrold E. Hogle, University of Arizona, USA)

“The range of this book, in terms of history and geography, issues of gender and race, and the various forms of monstrosity is truly extraordinary, and the authors demonstrate, with objectivity and yet also with political acumen, how Gothic has figured as a form of representation across all the contested issues with which the South has had to deal. A work of deep and challenging scholarship, which will enlighten scholars of the Gothic and scholars of American history alike.” (David Punter, University of Bristol, UK)

Table of contents (36 chapters)

  • Introduction: Down at the Crossroads

    Street, Susan Castillo (et al.)

    Pages 1-6

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  • Edgar Allan Poe and the Southern Gothic

    Wright, Tom F.

    Pages 9-20

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  • Inside the Dark House: William Faulkner, Absalom, Absalom! and Southern Gothic

    Gray, Richard

    Pages 21-40

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  • Gothic Landscapes: Poe and Antebellum Southern Women Poets

    Bennett, Paula Bernat

    Pages 41-53

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  • Southern Gothic: Haunted Houses

    Davison, Carol Margaret

    Pages 55-67

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Buy this book

eBook 169,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-47774-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 207,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-47773-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Palgrave Handbook of the Southern Gothic
Editors
  • Susan Castillo Street
  • Charles L. Crow
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-47774-3
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-47774-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-47773-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 505
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