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The Suburban Gothic in American Popular Culture

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About this book


The first sustained examination of the depiction of American suburbia in gothic and horror films, television and literature from 1948 to the present day. Beginning with Shirley Jackson's The Road Through the Wall , Murphy discusses representative texts from each decade, including I Am Legend , Bewitched , Halloween and Desperate Housewives .


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About the authors

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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'[A] lively and accessible study [...] [This book] will be of use to both researchers and students, thanks to the deft way [Murphy] handles the interaction betweeen intellectual history, suburban studies and popular culture. [...] Murphy's most pertinent insights come from her discussion of the economic and racial dimensions of suburban gothic texts [...] these issues only manifest in genre texts occasionally and Murphy's alertness to them is one of the study's major strengths.' - Cara Rodway, The Journal of American Studies