Darker Hauntings: imagery of the Southern Gothic

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How race and sexuality are manifested in the works of American Gothic writers, including Poe, Chesnutt, Faulkner and Capote

Delve into the depths of the American Gothic imagination as Susan Castillo Street explores what Southern Gothic reveals about America’s repressed past. Taking in Edgar Allan Poe, George Washington Cable, Charles Chesnutt, William Faulkner and Truman Capote, this wide-ranging discussion will consider how the South’s complex relationships with race and sexuality are manifested through powerful recurring images such as the collapsing haunted mansion, the racialised doppelgänger and the monstrous feminine. Push aside the hanging moss and join us, if you dare…

Susan Castillo Street, a native of Louisiana, is the Harriet Beecher Stowe Professor of American Studies at King’s College London. Professor Castillo Street is known for her interdisciplinary work on race, gender and ethnicity. Her research interests include the Southern Gothic, Native American and colonial writing. She is currently conducting research for her new book Darker Hauntings: Writing Race and Slavery in the Early Atlantic (Louisiana State University Press), and is co-editing an essay collection, A Handbook to the Southern Gothic (Palgrave Macmillan).

Sponsored by the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library


Name: Darker Hauntings: imagery of the Southern Gothic
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