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The Suburban Gothic in American Popular Culture free pdf From the beginnings 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. Each chapter provides a contextualising examination of the era and cultural and historical contexts of its setting, thus providing a unique insight into the changing face of the suburbs and, by extension, of American society. Murphy shows that depictions of suburbia in horror and the gothic provide an intriguing glimpse into the manner in which modern American society views itself. Making a major contribution to American cultural studies and to gothic criticism in general, this is the first sustained examination of the depiction of American suburbia in gothic and horror films, television and literature from 1948 up to today.

About Bernice M. Murphy

BERNICE M. MURPHY is Lecturer in Popular Literature at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. She edited the collection Shirley Jackson: Essays on the Literary Legacy (2005) and is co-founder/editor of the online Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies.

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Author : Bernice M. Murphy
Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan
Data Published : 21 August 2009
ISBN : 0230218105
EAN : 9780230218109
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 256 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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