American Nightmares

American Nightmares

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When Edgar Allan Poe set down the tale of the accursed House of Usher in 1839, he also laid the foundation for a literary tradition that has assumed a lasting role in American culture. a€œThe House of Ushera€ and its literary progeny have not lacked for tenants in the century and a half since: writers from Nathaniel Hawthorne to Stephen King have taken rooms in the haunted houses of American fiction. Dale Bailey traces the haunted house tale from its origins in English gothic fiction to the paperback potboilers of the present, highlighting the unique significance of the house in the domestic, economic, and social ideologies of our nation. The author concludes that the haunted house has become a powerful and profoundly subversive symbol of everything that has gone nightmarishly awry in the American Dream.In terms of development, Shirley Jacksona#39;s The Haunting of Hill House stands halfway between the haunted house tales of ... Fuller, who emphasized the enigmatic nature of Jacksona#39;s fiction in a 1959 essay for the New York Times Book Review. ... Those readers familiar with a€œThe Lotterya€ (and what college freshman is not?)anbsp;...

Title:American Nightmares
Author: Dale Bailey
Publisher:University of Wisconsin Pres - 2011-06-01

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