The poetics and politics of the American Gothic : gender and slavery in nineteenth-century American literature / Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet.
- London : Routledge, 2016.
1 online resource (174 p.)
- Judgment in literature.
American fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Sex in literature.
Slavery in literature.
Judgment (Ethics) -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Gothic revival (Literature) -- United States.
- Electronic books.
- Challenging the widely held assumption that gothic literature is mainly about fear, Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet argues that the American Gothic, and gothic literature in general, is also about judgment. Analyzing canonical works by Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, Gilman, and James, Monnet persuasively argues that these authors' concerns about slavery, gender, and sexuality tacitly inform works that deal explicitly with less controversial subjects.
- Cover; Contents; List of Figures; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1 Unreliable Narrators and "unnatural sensations":Irony and Consciencein Edgar Allan Poe; 2 "Everywhere ... a Cross-and nastiness at the foot of it":History, Ethics, and Slavery; 3 "Thy catching noblenessunsexes me, my brother":Queer Knowledge inHerman Melville's Pierre; 4 "I was queer company enough-quite as queer as the company I received":; Bibliography; Index
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
First published 2010 by Ashgate Publishing.
- Publisher Number:
- 10.4324/9781315237800 doi
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