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Republicanism and the American Gothic

Republicanism and the American Gothic offers a comparative study of British and American literature and culture in the 1790s and 1950s, as it recontextualizes American gothic fiction from the perspective of the cold war. Exploring the republican tradition of the British Enlightenment and the effect of its translation and migration to the American colonies, Marilyn Michaud pays particular attention to the transatlantic influence of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century libertarian and anti-authoritarian thought on British and American revolutionary culture.

197 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2009

Gothic Literary Studies

Literature and Literary Criticism: General Criticism and Critical Theory

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“An extremely well-written and intelligent analysis of Gothic writing in the United States. Marilyn Michaud’s study is a fascinating transatlantic perspective on the American Gothic, offering illuminating readings of the dark side of the republican political unconscious.”

Justin D. Edwards, Bangor University

Table of Contents


1        Republican Historiography

2        Vampires and the Cyclical Theory of History

3        The Double and Republican Masculinity

4        Conspiracy and Hypocrisy in Rosemary’s Baby

5        Virtue and Corruption in Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood




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