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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Gothic and the Architecture of Subversion
1
The Legacy of Poe and Hawthorne
15
Shirley Jacksons The Haunting of Hill House
25
The Horror at Amityville
47
Robert Marascos Burnt Offerings and Anne Rivers Siddonss The House Next Door
67
Stephen Kings The Shining
91
The Future of the Haunted House Formula
107
Notes
115
Works Cited
125
Index
137
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Dale Bailey is a professor at Lenoir-Rhyne College, a frequent contributor to "The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction," and an award-winning short fiction in "Amazing Stories "and "SciFiction. "His" "full-length works" "include "American Nightmares, The Fallen, House of Bones, "and" The Resurrection Man's Legacy and Other Stories. "He lives in Hickory, North Carolina. Jack Slay, Jr., is dean of students at LaGrange College. His work has appeared in "The Atlanta Journal-Constitution," "Cemetery Dance," "The Chronicle of Higher Education, "and" Mississippi" "Magazine." He lives in LaGrange, Georgia.

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