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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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Joyce Carol Oates Revisits the Schoolhouse Gothic

Joyce Carol Oates Revisits the Schoolhouse Gothic

(p.110) Chapter 6 Joyce Carol Oates Revisits the Schoolhouse Gothic
American Gothic Culture

Sherry R. Truffin

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter focuses on Oates’s exploration of the political and economic implications of Schoolhouse Gothic. This subgenre takes up schooling through gothic preoccupations with the tyranny of history, terrors of physical or mental confinement, reification, and miscreation. Schools are haunted or cursed by persistent power inequities (of race, gender, class), even by the Enlightenment itself which, in its attempt to rescue Western civilization from its dark past, betrayed an even darker compulsion to dissect, define, and dominate nature and humanity alike.

Keywords:   Gothic, Schoolhouse Gothic, Joyce Carol Oates, Southern Gothic

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