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Southern Gothic Literature

The 20


Century comeback of the Gothic Spirit


What are the three important literary devices used in Gothic Literature? Who is the Gothic Literature Mascot?List five characteristics of Gothic Literature.



Allegory, mood, symbolsThe GargoyleEmotion vs. Reason, Death/Decay, Fear, mystery, Gothic mansions, etc……



American Gothic

Grant Wood, 1930


Focuses on character, social, and moral shortcomings of the southComments on society’s negatives or weaknesses to point out truths of American Southern cultureOften disturbing but realisticPlot relies on unusual, disturbing, supernatural or ironic events

Southern Gothic



Grotesque characters or situations – deeply flawed characters, decayed (often rural) setting, evil or disturbing events (linked to racism, poverty, violence, moral corruption)A character’s undesirable characteristics allows the author to show/comment on unpleasant aspects of southern cultureSomething physical in the setting is unusual and often broken



Outsider – set apart by the established cultural patternImprisonment – Literal and figurativeViolence – Racial and social tension can erupt in violent ways

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Notable Writers

William Faulkner

Ghosts of the past haunt not-so-noble characters to madness and death

Flannery O’Connor

Pressures of modern life make all grotesque

Interested in the human heart and potential for evil

Old moral and religious order crumbling: conmen, criminal, and fools unleashed upon the world





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