Republicanism and the American Gothic

Marilyn Michaud

Republicanism and the American Gothic

Marilyn Michaud

Distributed for University of Wales Press

197 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2009
Cloth $50.00 ISBN: 9780708321461 Published March 2010 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

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.



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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Justin D. Edwards, Bangor University

“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.”

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