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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (31 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1137353716
  • ISBN-13: 978-1137353719
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 461,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'This is a highly engaging read, full of great ideas and interesting connections. Each chapter has a well-chosen focus, and together they amount to the definitive scholarly commentary on the genre and its cultural significance. The book's readability and its breadth – even within its tight focus in terms of genre – means it will be widely used in film studies, cultural studies, literature, American studies, cultural geography, and beyond.' - David Bell, University of Leeds, UK

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Bernice M. Murphy is Lecturer in Popular Literature at the School of English, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Publications include The Suburban Gothic in American Popular Culture (2009), The Rural Gothic in American Popular Culture (2013) and the collections Shirley Jackson: Essays on the Literary Legacy (2005) and (with Darryl Jones and Elizabeth McCarthy) It Came From the 1950s: Popular Culture, Popular Anxieties (2011).

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An extremely well-written review of the rural gothic in American literature and films, including Windigos, cannibalism, fear of the wilderness, killer birds and kidnapping. This book sheds light on familiar tropes of horror by linking the imaginative fiction and historical experiences of the Americans. The chapter outlining the origins of the genre in the experiences and fears of the colonial settlers of New England, as well as a fascinating interpretation of The Shining in chapter 3, were particular highlights. Persuasive, readable, coherent and witty: a worthy follow-up to her 2009 'Suburban Gothic'.
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