American Gothic Fiction: An Introduction

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, 2004 M10 8 - 208 pages
Following the structure of other titles in the Continuum Introductions to Literary Genres series, American Gothic Fiction includes: A broad definition of the genre and its essential elements. A timeline of developments within the genre. Critical concerns to bear in mind while reading in the genre. Detailed readings of a range of widely taught texts. In-depth analysis of major themes and issues. Signposts for further study within the genre. A summary of the most important criticism in the field. A glossary of terms. An annotated, critical reading list. This book offers students, writers, and serious fans a window into some of the most popular topics, styles and periods in this subject. Authors studied in American Gothic Fiction include Charles Brockden Brown, William Montgomery Bird, James Fenimore Cooper, Edgar Allan Poe, George Lippard, Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne, William Gilmore Simms, John Neal, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Ambrose Bierce, Emma Dawson, W.D. Howells, Henry James, William Faulkner, Anne Rice and William Gibson
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
What Is American Gothic?
3
Timeline
11
How to Read American Gothic
25
Key Texts
37
Major Themes in American Gothic
65
Key Questions
133
American Gothic Criticism
163
Glossary
173
Suggestions for Further Reading
177
Index
193
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Allan Lloyd-Smith is Senior Lecturer in American Literature at the University of East Anglia, UK.

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