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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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The Devil in the Slum: American Urban Gothic

The Devil in the Slum: American Urban Gothic

(p.92) Chapter 5 The Devil in the Slum: American Urban Gothic
American Gothic Culture

Andrew Loman

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter focuses on the emergence of American urban gothic in literature of the late Antebellum. From roughly 1840 to 1860 a community of writers organized an extant urban gothic vocabulary into a popular and influential subgenre, city-mysteries, which ostentatiously announced their link to the gothic novel. These mysteries were intimately intertwined with urban reportage of the so-called ‘flash press’ among other art forms, especially the stage.

Keywords:   Gothic, Urban Studies, Mystery fiction, Nineteenth century, Theatre

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