Gothic Realities: The Impact of Horror Fiction on Modern Culture

Gothic Realities: The Impact of Horror Fiction on Modern Culture

L. Andrew Cooper


Eighteenth-century critics believed Gothic fiction could motivate deviant sexuality, instill heretical ideals, and inspire delinquent violence--this ebook places those ideals to the try. After studying the assumptions at the back of critics' fears, it considers nineteenth-century matters approximately sexual deviance, exhibiting how Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dorian grey, and different works helped build homosexuality as a pathological, harmful phenomenon. It then turns to tv and movie, rather Buffy the Vampire Slayer and David DeCoteau's direct-to-video videos, to track Gothicized sexuality's lasting impression. relocating to heretical ideals, Gothic Realities surveys ghost tales from Dickens's A Christmas Carol to Poltergeist, articulating the relationships among fiction and the "real" supernatural. ultimately, it considers connections among Gothic horror and real-world violence, specially the tragedies at Columbine and Virginia Tech.

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