The Palgrave Handbook of the Southern Gothic

  • Susan Castillo Street
  • Charles L. Crow

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Susan Castillo Street, Charles L. Crow
    Pages 1-6
  3. Edgar Allan Poe and His Legacy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Tom F. Wright
      Pages 9-20
    3. Carol Margaret Davison
      Pages 55-67
    4. Edward Sugden
      Pages 69-79
  4. Space and Place in Southern Gothic

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Matthew Wynn Sivils
      Pages 83-93
    3. Janet Beer, Avril Horner
      Pages 95-107
    4. Sarah Robertson
      Pages 109-120
    5. Nahem Yousaf
      Pages 121-133
    6. Robert H. Brinkmeyer Jr.
      Pages 175-185
    7. Sherry R. Truffin
      Pages 187-199
    8. Owen Robinson
      Pages 201-214
    9. Bill Marshall
      Pages 215-227
  5. Race and Southern Gothic

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 229-229
    2. Michael Kreyling
      Pages 231-243
    3. Maisha Wester
      Pages 245-257
    4. Emily Clark
      Pages 259-270
    5. Ellen Weinauer
      Pages 271-283
    6. Christine A. Wooley
      Pages 285-296
    7. Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet
      Pages 297-308
    8. Eric Gary Anderson
      Pages 323-335
  6. Gender and Sexuality in Southern Gothic Texts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 337-337
    2. Kellie Donovan-Condron
      Pages 339-350
    3. Mark A. Graves
      Pages 351-363
    4. Michael P. Bibler
      Pages 391-402
  7. Monsters, Vampires, and Voodoo

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 487-505

About this book


This book examines ‘Southern Gothic’ - a term that describes some of the finest works of the American Imagination. But what do ‘Southern’ and ‘Gothic’ mean, and how are they related? Traditionally seen as drawing on the tragedy of slavery and loss, ‘Southern Gothic’ is now a richer, more complex subject. Thirty-five distinguished scholars explore the Southern Gothic, under the categories of Poe and his Legacy; Space and Place; Race; Gender and Sexuality; and Monsters and Voodoo.   
The essays examine slavery and the laws that supported it, and stories of slaves who rebelled and those who escaped. Also present are the often-neglected issues of the Native American presence in the South, socioeconomic class, the distinctions among the several regions of the South, same-sex relationships, and norms of gendered behaviour. This handbook covers not only iconic figures of Southern literature but also other less well-known writers, and examines gothic imagery in film and in contemporary television programmes such as True Blood and True Detective.    


Race Vampires Gender Sexuality Poe Faulkner Tennessee Williams Kate Chopin Eudora Welty Truman Capote Ellen Glasgow Richard Wright Carson McCullers Flannery O'Connor Charles Chestnutt True Blood True Detective

Editors and affiliations

  • Susan Castillo Street
    • 1
  • Charles L. Crow
    • 2
  1. 1.Harriet Beecher Stowe Professor Emerita Department of English Language and LiteratureKing’s College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Professor Emeritus of EnglishBowling Green State UniversityOhioUSA

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