Shirley Jackson, Influences and Confluences

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Melanie R. Anderson, Lisa Kröger
Routledge, May 20, 2016 - Literary Criticism - 206 pages
The popularity of such widely known works as "The Lottery" and The Haunting of Hill House has tended to obscure the extent of Shirley Jackson's literary output, which includes six novels, a prodigious number of short stories, and two volumes of domestic sketches. Organized around the themes of influence and intertextuality, this collection places Jackson firmly within the literary cohort of the 1950s. The contributors investigate the work that informed her own fiction and discuss how Jackson inspired writers of literature and film. The collection begins with essays that tease out what Jackson's writing owes to the weird tale, detective fiction, the supernatural tradition, and folklore, among other influences. The focus then shifts to Jackson's place in American literature and the impact of her work on women's writing, campus literature, and the graphic novelist Alison Bechdel. The final two essays examine adaptations of The Haunting of Hill House and Jackson's influence on contemporary American horror cinema. Taken together, the essays offer convincing evidence that half a century following her death, readers and writers alike are still finding value in Jackson’s words.

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Samuel Richardson Shirley
Family and humanity in The Sundial
Perception supernatural detection and gender in
Folk narrative in Hangsaman and
The Road Through the Wall and Shirley Jacksonis America
Recovering housewife humor
Shirley Jackson and the campus
Shirley Jackson and Alison
The tower or the nursery? Paternal and maternal revisions
We Have Always Lived in the Castle

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Melanie R. Anderson is Instructional Assistant Professor of American Literature at the University of Mississippi, USA.

Lisa Krö ger is an independent scholar in the USA.

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