Gothic America: Narrative, History, and Nation

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Columbia University Press, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 226 pages
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The gothic novel - the literary stronghold of ghosts, family curses, imperiled heroines and cumbersome plots - might be thought to fall under the category of escapist fiction. However, in this reappraisal Teresa Goddu demonstrates that the American Gothic novel, was, in often suprising ways, actively engaged with social, political and cultural concerns of its time.

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Teresa A. Goddu is assistant professor of English at Vanderbilt University, where she was a fellow of the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities.

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