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The suburban gothic in American popular culture

Author: Bernice M Murphy
Publisher: Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
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"From the beginning of the post-war era, suburbia has frequently served as a setting for narratives of fear, repression and horror. Why has this been the case? And what actually is the Suburban Gothic? Beginning with a discussion of Shirley Jackson's novel The Road Through the Wall (1948) and ending with Desperate Housewives (2004- ), this book discusses representative texts from each decade up to the present day.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Murphy, Bernice M.
Suburban gothic in American popular culture.
Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009
(OCoLC)747305619
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Bernice M Murphy
ISBN: 9780230218109 0230218105
OCLC Number: 298778303
Description: vi, 236 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction : welcome to disturbia --
The house down the street : the suburban gothic in Shirley Jackson and Richard Matheson --
Conjure wife : the suburban witch --
Aliens, androids and zombies : dehumanisation and the suburban gothic --
"You son of a bitch! : you only moved the headstones!" haunted suburbia --
Don't go down to the basement! : serial murder, family values and the suburban horror film --
"Ah, but underneath--
" : Buffy the vampire slayer and Desperate housewives --
Conclusion : the end of suburbia?
Responsibility: Bernice M. Murphy.

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The first sustained examination of the depiction of American suburbia in gothic and horror films, television and literature from 1948 to the present day. Beginning with Shirley Jackson's The Road  Read more...

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