February 10, 2018

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By Charles L. Crow

ISBN-10: 0470671874

ISBN-13: 9780470671870

ISBN-10: 1118608437

ISBN-13: 9781118608432

A better half to American Gothic incorporates a choice of unique essays that discover America’s gothic literary tradition.

  •  The greatest number of essays within the box of yank Gothic
  • Contributions from a wide selection of students from round the world
  •  The so much whole insurance of thought, significant authors, pop culture and non-print media available


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In this dream, all sorts of varied images from America’s past are soldered together, placed within a strange kaleidoscope; most of our senses are engaged, yet the scene we see, hear, smell, remains phantasmagoric, these are ghosts or phantoms, these are hidden, half-suppressed voices which we cannot be fully sure we are hearing – this is, in fact, a scenario of haunting. Not all American literature, of course, is haunted; but a great deal of it is. Let us return now for a moment to the great white whale – these are odd surroundings in which to find him, for we are, are we not, surely under the ground and not under the sea, but maybe these things are not so different for a people whose establishment, whose settling, on a right to land had always been conditional on a passage over the sea; the sea remains an active presence, not in the later sense of maritime power but as representing a danger and, simultaneously, a condition of life, a sine qua non – without the sea, without the yearning sea, the incessant widow-maker, there is nothing; and without the sea also there is no hope of return – just in case, against all the odds cast up in the overwhelming presumption of God’s plenty, something should go wrong.

Levin thus combines New Critical and History of Ideas assumptions by invoking a Theory and Study of the American Gothic 5 Jungian sense of primal images in the collective Western mind that gain new significance from their transportation into American textual forms, a mode of analysis that had just been solidified in Northrop Frye’s Anatomy of Criticism (1957). R. Thompson rehabilitates Poe by equally New Critical and History of Ideas standards. S. Eliot “objective correlative” (Thompson 1973: 17).

Eliot “objective correlative” (Thompson 1973: 17). They render in dense verbal form the “philosophical consciousness of Poe himself,” as per the History of Ideas, in ways that manifest his transformation of tired Gothic conventions into Americanizations of the earlier “Romantic Ironists” of England and Germany (12–13). Yet here, ultimately, the Gothic is a set of devalued ingredients, not really essential to American writing at Poe’s time, that Poe rescues from deserved obscurity by reinvesting them with a Romantic Irony apparently not as connected to the Gothic as it actually was in the Europe of the early nineteenth century.

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