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African American Gothic: Screams from Shadowed Places
Anyone who has seen a horror film or read a Stephen King novel is familiar with gothic tropes: dark villains who never tire of chasing hapless maidens; supernatural monsters; heroes who are sometimes weak; twisted, yet uncannily familiar, landscapes; the list goes on. Yet the gothic is more than a long list of tropes deployed to terrify. African American Gothic reveals the ...more
Hardcover, 294 pages
Published November 27th 2012 by Palgrave Macmillan
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In this text from the Palgrave Macmillan "American Literature Readings in the 21st Century," author Maisha L. Wester follows many scholars who have identified elements of the gothic genre within African American literature. She gives a concise overview of the gothic, showing how the genre and its tropes are a natural fit for black American experiences starting with slavery up through the present day. The gothic, with its subversive ability to call up the unspoken and repressed horrors in our own ...more