Category Archives: Gothic Literature

Russ Castronovo’s “The ‘Black Arts’ of Citizenship” and Posthuman Gothic

This is the time of the semester where I suddenly want to combine texts I’ve read for my different classes into a single project. The reading this week for my American Gothic independent study centered around Harriet Jacobs’s¬†Incidents in the … Continue reading

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ABC’s The Bachelor as Female Gothic

It’s late into the night. A full moon casts its shadow over the voluminous mansion, glittering spectrally upon the wet pavement leading to the home’s towering front door. Two masculine figures stand expectantly in the driveway, their eyes focused on … Continue reading

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Young Goodman Brown: Failed Eco-Detective

I recently read Sara L. Crosby’s article, “Beyond Ecophilia: Edgar Allan Poe and the American Tradition of Ecohorror” and immediately wanted to try to apply Poe’s “third model” for human interaction with the environment to another text. 1¬†This week, in … Continue reading

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Immediacy and Adam Ellis’s Digital Ghost Story

Creators of horror fiction have always been interested in finding and using new methods to create the sense of unrelenting immediacy for their readers and/or viewers. As one of the primary goals of gothic and horror texts 1 is to … Continue reading

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“Journeys End in Lovers Meeting”: Seduction in Shirley Jackson’s THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE

Near the end of Jackson’s novel, Luke describes Hill house as being “motherly…Everything so soft. Everything so padded. Great embracing chairs and sofas which turn out to be hard and unwelcome when you sit down, and reject you at once” … Continue reading

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