Gothic realities : the impact of horror fiction on modern culture / L. Andrew Cooper

Author(s): Cooper, L. Andrew, 1977-
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Subjects: Horror tales, English--History and criticism
Gothic fiction (Literary genre), English--History and criticism
Horror tales, American--History and criticism
Gothic fiction (Literary genre), American--History and criticism
Horror in literature
Popular culture and literature--History--20th century
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Published: Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., Publishers, c2010
LC Classification: P, PR
Physical Description: x, 238 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Table of Contents: Acknowledgments
Introduction Bad Influences and Gothic Realities 1
Part One. Gothic Threats 23
1. The Threat in The Gothic's Foundation: From John Locke to Horace Walpole 25
2. Gothic Threats and Cultural Hierarchy: The Critical Evaluation of The Monk and The Mysteries of Udolpho 39
Part Two. Gothic Sexualities 57
3. Pathological Reproduction: The Emergence of Homosexuality through Nineteenth Century Gothic Fiction 59
4. Romps in The Closet: The Persistence of Nineteenth Century Notions in Contemporary Pop Culture 81
Part Three. Gothic Ghosts 115
5. Ghost Stories and Ghostly Belief: Conventional Horrors That Make Good Truths 117
6. Ghost Epistemology: Five or Six Ways to Haunt The Senses 144
Part Four. Gothic Violence 159
7. Fictions That Kill: Columbine, Virginia Tech, and Stephen King's Only Out-of-Print Novel 161
8. Violent Self-Reflection: Natural Born Killers, Wes Craven's Nightmares, and Torture Porn 184
Chapter Notes 209
Selected Bibliography 223
Index 233
Notes: LCCN: 2010020163
ISBN: 9780786448357 (softcover : alk. paper)
ISBN: 0786448350 (softcover : alk. paper)
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents: Introduction: bad infuences and gothic realities -- Part one: Gothic threats. The threat in the gothic's foundation: from John Locke to Horace Walpole -- Gothic threats and cultural hierarchy: the critical evaluation of The monk and The mysteries of Udolpho -- Part two: Gothic sexualities. Pathological reproduction: the emergence of homosexuality through nineteenth century gothic fiction -- Romps in the closet: the persistence of nineteenth century notions in contemporary pop culture -- Part three: Gothic ghosts. Ghost stories and ghostly belief: conventional horrors that make good truths -- Ghost epistemology: five or six ways to haunt the senses -- Part four: Gothic violence. Fictions that kill: Columbine, Virginia Tech, and Stephen King's only out-of-print novel -- Violent self-refection: Natural born killers, Wes Craven's Nightmares, and torture porn
Summary: "Early literary critics feared Gothic's potential to corrupt youth, inspire deviant sexuality, instill heretical beliefs, and encourage antisocial violence. This book examines Gothic and horror fictions over the last three centuries, from their literary foundations to the influence on modern popular culture. Topics covered include homosexuality, interest in paranormal research, and violent school shootings"--Provided by publisher
OCLC Number: 601050066
ISBN/ISSN: 9780786448357
0786448350