11. Nineteenth-Century American Gothic

  1. David Punter
  1. Allan Lloyd Smith

Published Online: 28 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444354959.ch11

A New Companion to the Gothic

A New Companion to the Gothic

How to Cite

Lloyd Smith, A. (2012) Nineteenth-Century American Gothic, in A New Companion to the Gothic (ed D. Punter), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444354959.ch11

Editor Information

  1. University of Bristol, UK

Author Information

  1. University of East Anglia, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 MAR 2012
  2. Published Print: 3 FEB 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405198066

Online ISBN: 9781444354959



  • nineteenth- and twentieth-century transformations;
  • nineteenth-century American Gothic, the craze;
  • long-lasting, American variant of the Gothic;
  • the frontier, the Puritan legacy, race, political utopianism;
  • the settlers, facing land threats, as much as material promise;
  • legends of seventeenth-century witchcraft in Salem;
  • The Puritan consciousness, “Gothic” imagination of good and evil;
  • the American imagination, Manichean formulations of good, evil;
  • The Wieland family, a curious history;
  • Stowe in Uncle Tom's Cabin, Gothic use in abolitionist argument


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