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American Gothic CultureAn Edinburgh Companion$
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Jason Haslam and Joel Faflak

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474401616

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474401616.001.0001

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Southern Gothic

Southern Gothic

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(p.79) Chapter 4 Southern Gothic
Source:
American Gothic Culture
Author(s):

Christopher Lloyd

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474401616.003.0005

This chapter examines the history of Southern Gothic through three recent media whose original visual imaginary delineates gothic aberrance. In the broad reach of visual media the Southern Gothic finds its most potent images and narratives. The film Trash Humpers (2009) demonstrates how the Southern Gothic story could not be told anywhere else; the TV series True Blood (2008-14) emphasizes sexuality and difference via its contemporary take on the regional genre; and the film Black Snake Moan (2006) ties these threads together through its long-standing gothic narrative of racial and sexual mores.

Keywords:   Gothic, Southern Gothic, Film, Television, True Blood, Trash Humpers, Black Snake Moan

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