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Twenty-First-Century GothicAn Edinburgh Companion$
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Maisha Wester and Xavier Aldana Reyes

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474440929

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474440929.001.0001

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Latin American Gothic

Latin American Gothic

(p.263) Chapter 18 Latin American Gothic
Twenty-First-Century Gothic

Enrique Ajuria Ibarra

Edinburgh University Press

Recently, scholarly criticism has acknowledged the presence of the Gothic in Latin America, which should be distinguished from magic realism and the fantastic. Latin American Gothic evinces regional, tropicalised and hybridised nuances that not only adapt the mode to specific cultural and regional anxieties, but also have helped coin terms such as ‘Tropical Gothic’. On the other hand, Guillermo delToro’s popularity has brought attention to Latin American Gothic horror in twenty-first-century visual media and how it address issues of identity, folklore and haunting. This chapter analyses the appropriation of Gothic motifs in the films Somos lo que hay (We are What We Are, 2010), La casa muda(The Silent House, 2010) and Juan de losmuertos(Juan of the Dead, 2011). It explores Tropical Gothic, medicine and faith in the TV series Niño santo (2011–14) and reviews the #CharlieCharlieChallenge trending topic on social media as an everyday Gothic experience.

Keywords:   Latin American Gothic, magic realism, the fantastic, tropical Gothic, Somos lo que hay, La casa muda, Juan de losmuertos, Niño santo, urban legends

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