42. Let a New Gender In? American Responses to Contemporary Scandinavian Gothicism

  1. Charles L. Crow
  1. Carol Siegel

Published Online: 13 SEP 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118608395.ch42

A Companion to American Gothic

A Companion to American Gothic

How to Cite

Siegel, C. (2013) Let a New Gender In? American Responses to Contemporary Scandinavian Gothicism, in A Companion to American Gothic (ed C. L. Crow), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118608395.ch42

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 SEP 2013
  2. Published Print: 25 NOV 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470671870

Online ISBN: 9781118608395

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Keywords:

  • John Ajvide Lindqvist;
  • Scandinavian Gothic;
  • Film Adaptation;
  • Vampires;
  • Domesticity;
  • Love;
  • Marriage;
  • Adolescence;
  • Bullying

Summary

A major trend in the United States in popular film and literature of the first decades of the twenty-first century has been the popularity of Scandinavian mystery and horror stories. These stories introduced American audiences to articulations of the Gothic that are, in their treatments of romantic love, very different from our own. Attention to the differences can help us understand some of the features that make American Gothic distinct from its original, European sources. Tracking the cinematic translations of John Ajvide Lindqvist's 2004 novel Let the Right One In, first into the 2008 film Let the Right One In and then into the Americanized version Let Me In (2010), reveals significant differences between American and Scandinavian concepts of romantic love as an element of Gothic horror and of their dependence on differing visions of the role gender plays in love and that love plays in constructing a functional society.