Chapter 5. Modern Gothic

  1. David Seed Professor
  1. Marilyn Michaud

Published Online: 5 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch5

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

How to Cite

Michaud, M. (2009) Modern Gothic, in A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction (ed D. Seed), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch5

Editor Information

  1. University of Liverpool, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Stirling, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 16 OCT 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405146913

Online ISBN: 9781444310108

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Keywords:

  • modern Gothic;
  • Gothic lexicon of corruption and degeneration;
  • Irving Malin's New American Gothic (1962);
  • long-standing fears of national dissolution;
  • Lovecraft's fiction - lurid, alien landscape or nightmarish landscape of the mind;
  • William Faulkner's “A Rose for Emily” (1930) - in communal memories of townspeople;
  • Yoknapatawpha County novels - Faulkner's interest in historical stagnation and degeneration;
  • Mary Shelley's Frankenstein - staple of science fiction and Gothic horror;
  • Anne Rice's vampire fiction combining Southern Gothic's preoccupation with the past;
  • The Gothic underbelly of national narrative - pessimistic view of human existence

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • References and Further Reading