Successfully reported this slideshow.
We use your LinkedIn profile and activity data to personalize ads and to show you more relevant ads. You can change your ad preferences anytime.

Southern gothic fiction

1,640 views

Published on

Published in: Education
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

Southern gothic fiction

  1. 1. Southern Gothic Fiction
  2. 2. Characteristics • The grotesque (freakish) • The outsider • Imprisonment (castle/house/jail) • Violence • Strong Sense of Place • Woman in distress
  3. 3. The grotesque (freakish) • Horror elements as in Poe • Madness is a form of the grotesque, as in Poe, but also in Faulkner and The Yellow wallpaper (not a southern story, but borrows from the gothic) • Deformed characters as in O’Connor • Also may go to an overwhelming sensual effect…the accumulation of images as in The Yellow wallpaper and in O’Connor
  4. 4. The Outsider • May be a witness, as in Fall of the House of Usher. • May be a victim like Homer Barron. • May be one of the grotesque’s, as in the Misfit from O’Connor. • Look for outsiders who are also insiders like Miss Emily.
  5. 5. Imprisonment • Big element in Poe…live burial/claustrophobia. • Used by some women to suggest the oppression of women (The Yellow Wallpaper). • Has its roots in the European haunted castle…look for buildings that oppress/limit/conceal (House of Usher, Yellow Wallpaper/Miss Emily’s house)
  6. 6. Violence • Connects to imprisonment and the grotesque. • Is the defining feature of the gothic. • Characters rely on violence to resolve problems. • Violence often feels inevitable, fated.
  7. 7. Place • Southern writers in particular conjure a strong sense of place. • True more for Faulkner and O’Connor than Poe, perhaps. • Places become characters of their own…the human characters ay be tied to the places.
  8. 8. Woman in Distress • This is an old literary convention (think Iliad). • Tied to the Gothic’s reliance on medieval ideas like Chivalry. • Used (flipped, almost sampled) by female writers to demonstrate the extent of male oppression. • Poe: death of a beautiful woman evokes melancholy.

×