American Nightmares: The Haunted House Formula in American Popular Fiction

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University of Wisconsin Pres, 2011 - Всего страниц: 156
When Edgar Allan Poe set down the tale of the accursed House of Usher in 1839, he also laid the foundation for a literary tradition that has assumed a lasting role in American culture. “The House of Usher” and its literary progeny have not lacked for tenants in the century and a half since: writers from Nathaniel Hawthorne to Stephen King have taken rooms in the haunted houses of American fiction. Dale Bailey traces the haunted house tale from its origins in English gothic fiction to the paperback potboilers of the present, highlighting the unique significance of the house in the domestic, economic, and social ideologies of our nation. The author concludes that the haunted house has become a powerful and profoundly subversive symbol of everything that has gone nightmarishly awry in the American Dream.

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This book is somewhat elementary because of its close focus on plot and character-related structure, and because of its cataloguing nature and conception, but Bailey's work here is worth reading for ... Читать весь отзыв


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The Legacy of Poe and Hawthorne
Shirley Jacksons The Haunting of Hill House
The Horror at Amityville
Robert Marascos Burnt Offerings and Anne Rivers Siddonss The House Next Door
Stephen Kings The Shining
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