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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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American Gothic Art

American Gothic Art

(p.145) Chapter 8 American Gothic Art
American Gothic Culture

Christoph Grunenberg

Edinburgh University Press

This essay surveys the gothic in American art from its earliest influence by 18th- and 19th-century British culture to gothic boom in late 20th- and early 21st-century culture. The gothic links not only to goth subculture of the 1980s but also to multiple expressions in film, music, fashion, design and architecture. This cross-pollination between art, literature and more ephemeral forms of gothic popular culture is a a typical product of postmodernism. American gothic has become a ubiquitous signifier for dark moods in times of change and crisis as expressed in a contemporary mordant mindset, the liberal indulgence in horror, macabre images and flirting with disaster.

Keywords:   Gothic, Gothic art, Popular culture, Postmodernism

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