African American Gothic: Screams from Shadowed Places - American Literature Readings in the 21st Century (Paperback)
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African American Gothic: Screams from Shadowed Places - American Literature Readings in the 21st Century (Paperback)

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Paperback 285 Pages / Published: 09/11/2012
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This new critique of contemporary African-American fiction explores its intersections with and critiques of the Gothic genre. Wester reveals the myriad ways writers manipulate the genre to critique the gothic's traditional racial ideologies and the mechanisms that were appropriated and re-articulated as a useful vehicle for the enunciation of the peculiar terrors and complexities of black existence in America. Re-reading major African American literary texts such as Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Of One Blood, Cane, Invisible Man, and Corregidora African American Gothic investigates texts from each major era in African American Culture to show how the gothic has consistently circulated throughout the African American literary canon.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781349434268
Number of pages: 285
Weight: 379 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
Edition: 1st ed. 2012


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'While there have been partial studies of African American Gothic fictions, this excellent book is now the most lucid, comprehensive, and insightful account on this important subject. Nowhere else can readers so clearly grasp in so many examples so well analyzed how African American authors have radically transformed specifically Gothic conventions to make them profoundly symbolic of the horrors and complexities of the black American experience.' - Jerrold E. Hogle, Distinguished Professor, University of Arizona

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