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Frontier gothic : terror and wonder at the frontier in American literature

Author: David Mogen; Scott Patrick Sanders; Joanne B Karpinski
Publisher: Rutherford, N.J. : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press ; London : Associated University Presses, ©1993.
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This collection of thirteen essays on American literature and culture defines and examines a gothic tradition in frontier writing. As the imaginative border between the known and the unknown, the frontier subject has provided a bridge to gothic domains and has been used by writers from every period in American history to explore social, ethnic, and gender frontiers, as well as frontiers of art and language. The  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Frontier gothic.
Rutherford, N.J. : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press ; London : Associated University Presses, ©1993
(OCoLC)645853892
Named Person: O E Rølvaag; Sam Shepard; Charles Brockden Brown; Charlotte Perkins Gilman; Edgar Allan Poe; Flannery O'Connor; Charles Brockden Brown; Charlotte Perkins Gilman; Flannery O'Connor; Edgar Allan Poe; O E Rølvaag; Sam Shepard
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Mogen; Scott Patrick Sanders; Joanne B Karpinski
ISBN: 0838634893 9780838634899
OCLC Number: 25710229
Description: 206 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Gothicism in the western novel / James K. Folsom --
No place to hide: Gothic naturalism in O.E. Rölvaag's Giants in the Earth / David S. Gross --
Southwestern gothic: On the frontier between landscape and locale / Scott P. Sanders --
"Grinning aboriginal demons": Gerald Vizenor's Bearheart and the Indian's escape from gothic / Louis Owens --
Sam Shepard and frontier gothic / Mark Busby --
Wilderness, metamorphosis, and millenium: Gothic apocalypse from the Puritans to the cyberpunks / David Mogen --
Charles Brockden Brown and the frontiers of discourse / Elizabeth Jane Wall Hinds. (cont.) Class, gender, and genre: Deconstructing social formulas on the gothic frontier / Pattie Cowell --
The gothic underpinnings of realism in the local colorists' no man's land / Joanne B. Karpinski --
Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Giant Wistaria": A hieroglyph of the female frontier gothic / Gary Scharnhorst --
"The Giant Wistaria" / Charlotte Perkins Gilman --
Rural gothic: The sublime rhetoric of Flannery O'Connor / Ronald Schleifer --
Language and the void: Gothic landscapes in the frontiers of Edgar Allan Poe / Stephen Mainville.
Responsibility: edited by David Mogen, Scott P. Sanders, and Joanne B. Karpinski.

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This collection of thirteen essays on American literature and culture defines and examines a gothic tradition in frontier writing. As the imaginative border between the known and the unknown, the frontier subject has provided a bridge to gothic domains and has been used by writers from every period in American history to explore social, ethnic, and gender frontiers, as well as frontiers of art and language. The frontier gothic world, for all of its ambiguity and ambivalence, is nevertheless immanent, palpable, and undeniably present, and it impinges significantly upon the conventional world, forcing that world to change, to adapt, to transform itself or be destroyed. The essays consider canonical writers such as Brockden Brown, Cooper, Hawthorne, Poe, and Melville; they also discuss Mary Wilkins Freeman, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Edward Abbey, William Gibson, Gerald Vizenor, Leslie Silko, and Rudolfo Anaya. Also included is a previously uncollected short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, "The Giant Wistaria," discussed by essayist Gary Scharnhorst as "A Hieroglyph of the Female Frontier Gothic." In American literature, the frontier gothic tradition expresses the spirit of a nation proud of its pragmatic realism and hungry for romance, vigorously pursuing a manifest destiny in the light of day, yet troubled and enraptured by gothic intimations of twilight apparitions, midnight curses, and the demons that haunt the last hour before dawn.

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