Gothic Realities: The Impact of Horror Fiction on Modern Culture

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McFarland, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 249 pages
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Eighteenth-century critics believed Gothic fiction would inspire deviant sexuality, instill heretical beliefs, and encourage antisocial violence--this book puts these beliefs to the test. After examining the assumptions behind critics' fears, it considers nineteenth-century concerns about sexual deviance, showing how Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dorian Gray, and other works helped construct homosexuality as a pathological, dangerous phenomenon. It then turns to television and film, particularly Buffy the Vampire Slayer and David DeCoteau's direct-to-video movies, to trace Gothicized.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Gothic Threats
23
Gothic Sexualities
57
Gothic Ghosts
115
Gothic Violence
159
Chapter Notes
209
Selected Bibliography
223
Index
233
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