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Tropical Gothic in Literature and Culture The Americas

Edwards, JD and Vasconcelos, SGT (2016) Tropical Gothic in Literature and Culture The Americas Routledge. ISBN 1138915866

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Abstract

Tropical Gothic examines Gothic within a specific geographical area of ‘the South’ of the Americas. In so doing, we structure the book around geographical coordinates (from North to South) and move among various national traditions of the gothic (Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil, etc.) alongside regional manifestations of the Gothic (the U.S. south and the Caribbean) as well as transnational movements of the Gothic within the Americas. The reflections on national traditions of the Gothic in this volume add to the critical body of literature on specific languages or particular nations, such as Scottish Gothic, American Gothic, Canadian Gothic, German Gothic, Kiwi Gothic, etc. This is significant because, while the Southern Gothic in the U.S. has been thoroughly explored, there is a gap in the critical literature about the Gothic in the larger context of region of ‘the South’ in the Americas. This vol- ume does not pretend to be a comprehensive examination of tropical Gothic in the Americas; rather, it pinpoints a variety of locations where this form of the Gothic emerges. In so doing, the transnational interventions of the Gothic in this book read the flows of Gothic forms across borders and geographical regions to tease out the complexities of Gothic cultural production within cultural and linguistic translations. Tropical Gothic includes, but is by no means limited to, a reflection on a region where European colonial powers fought intensively against indigenous populations and against each other for control of land and resources. In the cases of other regions, vast populations of slaves were transported here,endowing these lands with a cultural heritage that all the nations involved are still trying to comprehend. The volume reflects on how these histories influence the Gothic in this region.

Item Type: Book
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of English and Languages
Authors :
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Edwards, JDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Vasconcelos, SGTUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 4 January 2016
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 26 Jan 2016 09:02
Last Modified : 26 Jan 2016 09:02
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/809541

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