The American Imperial Gothic

The American Imperial Gothic

Author: Johan Hoglund

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317045182

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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The imagination of the early twenty-first century is catastrophic, with Hollywood blockbusters, novels, computer games, popular music, art and even political speeches all depicting a world consumed by vampires, zombies, meteors, aliens from outer space, disease, crazed terrorists and mad scientists. These frequently gothic descriptions of the apocalypse not only commodify fear itself; they articulate and even help produce imperialism. Building on, and often retelling, the British ’imperial gothic’ of the late nineteenth century, the American imperial gothic is obsessed with race, gender, degeneration and invasion, with the destruction of society, the collapse of modernity and the disintegration of capitalism. Drawing on a rich array of texts from a long history of the gothic, this book contends that the doom faced by the world in popular culture is related to the current global instability, renegotiation of worldwide power and the American bid for hegemony that goes back to the beginning of the Republic and which have given shape to the first decade of the millennium. From the frontier gothic of Charles Brockden Brown's Edgar Huntly to the apocalyptic torture porn of Eli Roth's Hostel, the American imperial gothic dramatises the desires and anxieties of empire. Revealing the ways in which images of destruction and social upheaval both query the violence with which the US has asserted itself locally and globally, and feed the longing for stable imperial structures, this book will be of interest to scholars and students of popular culture, cultural and media studies, literary and visual studies and sociology.
The American Imperial Gothic
Language: en
Pages: 224
Authors: Johan Hoglund
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-03-16 - Publisher: Routledge

The imagination of the early twenty-first century is catastrophic, with Hollywood blockbusters, novels, computer games, popular music, art and even political speeches all depicting a world consumed by vampires, zombies, meteors, aliens from outer space, disease, crazed terrorists and mad scientists. These frequently gothic descriptions of the apocalypse not only
Haunted Europe
Language: en
Pages: 264
Authors: Evert Jan Van Leeuwen, Michael Newton
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-07-24 - Publisher: Routledge

Haunted Europe offers the first comprehensive account of the British and Irish fascination with a Gothic vision of continental Europe, tracing its effect on British intellectual life from the birth of the Gothic novel, to the eve of Brexit, and the symbolic recalibration of the UK’s relationship to mainland Europe.
The Cambridge History of the Gothic: Volume 3, Gothic in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries
Language: en
Pages: 552
Authors: Catherine Spooner, Dale Townshend
Categories: Architecture
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-08-19 - Publisher: Cambridge History of the G

The first volume to provide an interdisciplinary, comprehensive history of twentieth and twenty-first century Gothic culture.
War Gothic in Literature and Culture
Language: en
Pages: 290
Authors: Steffen Hantke, Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-12-07 - Publisher: Routledge

In the context of the current explosion of interest in Gothic literature and popular culture, this interdisciplinary collection of essays explores for the first time the rich and long-standing relationship between war and the Gothic. Critics have described the global Seven Year’s War as the "crucible" from which the Gothic
American Horror Fiction and Class
Language: en
Pages: 201
Authors: David Simmons
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-09-15 - Publisher: Springer

In this book, Simmons argues that class, as much as race and gender, played a significant role in the development of Gothic and Horror fiction in a national context. From the classic texts of Edgar Allen Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne right through to contemporary examples, such as the novels of