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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

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

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474401616.003.0006

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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