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Author Bailey, Dale.
Title American nightmares : the haunted house formula in American popular fiction / Dale Bailey.
Imprint Bowling Green, OH : Bowling Green State University Popular Press, [1999]
©1999

Author Bailey, Dale.
Subject American fiction -- History and criticism.
Haunted houses in literature.
Popular literature -- United States -- History and criticism.
National characteristics, American, in literature.
Ghost stories, American -- History and criticism.
Horror tales, American -- History and criticism.
Nightmares in literature.
Home in literature.
Description 1 online resource (145 pages)
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Note digitized 2010 HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve pda
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 125-135) and index.
Contents Welcome to the Funhouse: Gothic and the Architecture of Subversion -- The Sentient House and the Ghostly Tradition: The Legacy of Poe and Hawthorne -- June Cleaver in the House of Horrors: Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House -- "Too bad we can't stay, baby!": The Horror at Amityville -- Middle-Class Nightmares: Robert Marasco's Burnt Offerings and Anne Rivers Siddons's The House Next Door -- Unmanned by the American Dream: Stephen King's The Shining -- Ghosts in the Machine: The Future of the Haunted House Formula.
Summary "When Edgar Allan Poe set down the tale of the accursed House of Usher in 1839, he also laid the foundation for a literary tradition which has assumed a lasting role in American culture."--BOOK JACKET. "Yet, while the haunted house motif looms archetypal in the October country of the American mind, literary critics have rarely inquired what it means or why it has endured. These are the questions at the heart of Dale Bailey's American Nightmares: The Haunted House Formula in American Popular Fiction."--Jacket.
"Bailey traces the haunted house tale from its origins in English gothic fiction to the paperback potboilers of the present, highlighting the unique significance of the house in the domestic, economic, and social ideologies of our nation. In the hands of the best gothic writers, Bailey concludes, the haunted house has become a powerful and profoundly subversive symbol of everything that has gone nightmarishly awry in the American Dream."--Jacket.
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Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
System Details Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. http://purl.oclc.org/DLF/benchrepro0212
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780299268732 (electronic bk.)
029926873X (electronic bk.)
0879727896
9780879727895
087972790X
9780879727901
OCLC # 825768034
Additional Format Print version: Bailey, Dale. American nightmares. Bowling Green, OH : Bowling Green State University Popular Press, ©1999 0879727896 (DLC) 98049557 (OCoLC)40251703


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