American Gothic Culture
Title: American Zombie Gothic( The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of the Walking Dead in Popular Culture) Binding: Paperback Author: KyleWilliamBishop Publisher: McFarland&Company
The Gothic and the Carnivalesque in American Culture offers a new account of the American Gothic. Gothic studies, the field that explores horrid and frightful narratives, usually describes the genre as exploring genuine historical fears, crises and traumas, yet this does not account for the ways in which the genre is often a source of wicked delight as much as it is of horror - its audiences laugh as often as they shriek.
From the very beginnings of an independent literary culture, the North American wilderness has often served as the setting for narratives in which the boundaries between order and chaos, savagery and civilization are torn down, and the natural world - as well as the individuals and creatures associated with it - becomes a threat to physical and moral safety.