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Southern Gothic is a subgenre of the Gothic writing style, unique to American literature. Like its parent genre, it relies on supernatural, ironic, or unusual events to guide the plot. Unlike its predecessor, it uses these tools not for the sake of suspense, but to explore social issues and reveal the cultural character of the American South. Strawberry Hill, an English villa in the Gothic revival style, built by seminal Gothic writer Horace Walpole The gothic novel was a literary genre that belonged to Romanticism and began in the United Kingdom with The Castle of Otranto (1764) by Horace Walpole. ... American literature refers to written or literary work produced in the area of the United States and Colonial America. ... Historic Southern United States. ...


The Southern Gothic author usually avoids perpetuating Antebellum stereotypes like the contented slave, the demure Southern belle, the chivalrous gentleman, or the righteous Christian preacher. Instead, the writer takes classic Gothic archetypes, such as the damsel in distress or the heroic knight, and portrays them in a more modern and realistic manner — transforming them into, for example, a spiteful and reclusive spinster, or a white-suited, fan-brandishing lawyer with ulterior motives. Antebellum is a Latin word meaning before war(ante means before and bellum is war). ... Slave redirects here. ... A southern belle (derived from the French belle, beautiful is an archetype for a young woman of the American Old Souths antebellum upper class. ... Archetype is defined as the first original model of which all other similar persons, objects, or concepts are merely derivative, copied, patterned, or emulated. ... A poster for The Perils of Pauline (1914). ... The silver Anglia knight, commissioned as a trophy in 1850, intended to represent the Black Prince. ... It wont be my fault if I die an Old Maid. ...


One of the most notable features of the Southern Gothic is "The Grotesque" — this includes situations, places, or stock characters that often possess some cringe-inducing qualities, typically racial bigotry and egotistical self-righteousness — but enough good traits that readers find themselves interested nevertheless. While often disturbing, Southern Gothic authors commonly use deeply flawed, grotesque characters for greater narrative range and more opportunities to highlight unpleasant aspects of Southern culture, without being too literal or appearing to be overly moralistic. Mother Nature is surrounded by grottesche in this fresco detail from Villa dEste When commonly used in conversation, grotesque means strange, fantastic, ugly or bizarre, and thus is often used to describe weird shapes and distorted forms such as Halloween masks or gargoyles on churches. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... Manifestations Slavery · Racial profiling · Lynching Hate speech · Hate crime · Hate groups Genocide · The Holocaust · Armenian Genocide · Pogrom Ethnocide · Ethnic cleansing · Race war Religious persecution · Gay bashing Blood libel · Black Legend Pedophobia · Ephebiphobia Movements Discriminatory Aryanism · Neo-Nazism · Ku Klux Klan National Party (South Africa) American Nazi Party Kahanism · Supremacism Anti... In philosophy, two different theories are labeled egoism: psychological egoism is the view that one is always motivated to act in ones own best interests, while ethical egoism is the view that one ought to always act that way. ... Southern United States The states shown in dark red are usually included in the South, while all or portions of the striped states may or may not be considered part of the Southern United States. ... This article or section cites very few or no references or sources. ...


This genre of writing is seen in the work of such famous Southern writers as William Faulkner, Erskine Caldwell, Flannery O'Connor, Carson McCullers, Eudora Welty, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, Harper Lee, Harry Crews, Lee Smith, Cormac McCarthy, Barry Hannah, Lewis Nordan, and William Gay among others. Tennessee Williams described Southern Gothic as a style that captured "an intuition, of an underlying dreadfulness in modern experience." William Cuthbert Faulkner (September 25, 1897 – July 6, 1962) was an American novelist and poet whose works feature his native state of Mississippi. ... Erskine Caldwell photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1938 Erskine Preston Caldwell (December 17, 1903-April 11, 1987) was an American author born in a house in the woods outside Moreland, Georgia in Coweta County. ... Mary Flannery OConnor (b. ... Carson McCullers, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1959 Carson McCullers (February 19, 1917 – September 29, 1967) was an American writer. ... Eudora Welty (b. ... Thomas Lanier Williams III (March 26, 1911 – February 25, 1983), better known by the pseudonym Tennessee Williams, was a major American playwright and one of the prominent playwrights of the twentieth century. ... Truman Capote (pronounced ) (30 September 1924 – 25 August 1984) was an American writer whose non-fiction, stories, novels and plays are recognized literary classics, including the novella Breakfast at Tiffanys (1958) and In Cold Blood (1965), which he labeled a non-fiction novel. ... Nelle Harper Lee (born April 28, 1926) is an American novelist, best known for her Pulitzer Prize–winning 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird. ... www. ... Lee Smith (born on November 1, 1944) is an American fiction author who typically incorporates much of her home roots in the Southeastern United States in her works of literature. ... For the musician, see Cormac McCarthy (musician). ... Barry Hannah (born 1942) is an American novelist and short story writer. ... Lewis Nordan (1938) is a novelist and short-story writer. ... William Gay is a retired american football Defensive End. ...

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Notable works

To Kill a Mockingbird is a Southern Gothic bildungsroman novel by Harper Lee. ... Nelle Harper Lee (born April 28, 1926) is an American novelist, best known for her Pulitzer Prize–winning 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird. ... As I Lay Dying is an American novel written by William Faulkner. ... A Rose for Emily, a short story by William Faulkner first published on April 30, 1930, is distinctive for its unusual use of First-person plural point of view and non-chronological ordering of episodes. ... William Cuthbert Faulkner (September 25, 1897 – July 6, 1962) was an American novelist and poet whose works feature his native state of Mississippi. ... Wise Blood (1952) was the first novel written by Southern author Flannery OConnor. ... A Good Man Is Hard To Find is a collection of short stories by American author Flannery OConnor. ... Mary Flannery OConnor (b. ... Orpheus Descending is a play by Tennessee Williams. ... Thomas Lanier Williams III (March 26, 1911 – February 25, 1983), better known by the pseudonym Tennessee Williams, was a major American playwright and one of the prominent playwrights of the twentieth century. ... Child of God is a novel by American novelist Cormac McCarthy. ... For the musician, see Cormac McCarthy (musician). ... www. ... DVD cover for Bastard Out of Carolina Bastard Out of Carolina is a 1996 film directed by Anjelica Huston. ... Dorothy Allison (born April 11, 1949) is an American writer, speaker, and member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. ... The Member of the Wedding is a 1946 novel by Carson McCullers. ... Carson McCullers, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1959 Carson McCullers (February 19, 1917 – September 29, 1967) was an American writer. ... Mitch Cullin (born 1968) is an American author. ...

Films

This article is about the 1996 film. ... Angel Heart is a 1987 horror movie written and directed by Alan Parker, starring Mickey Rourke, Lisa Bonet and Robert De Niro. ... The Defiant Ones is a 1958 film which tells about two escaped prisoners who are shackled together, one white and one black, who must co-operate in order to survive. ... O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a comedy film written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, set in Mississippi during the Great Depression (specifically, 1937). ... The Green Mile has several different meanings, including: The Green Mile, a 1996 book by Stephen King. ... A Streetcar Named Desire is an Academy Award-winning 1951 film adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name by Tennessee Williams. ... Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a Tony-nominated play by Tennessee Williams. ... Eves Bayou is a 1997 drama film written and directed by Kasi Lemmons who makes her directorial debut. ... The Gift is The Gift (movie) - an American movie, directed by Sam Raimi in 2000. ... The Skeleton Key is a 2005 horror-suspense film released in the UK on 22 July and in the USA on August 12. ... Black Snake Moan is the title of a song by Blind Lemon Jefferson and a film by Craig Brewer. ... Wise Blood (German titles Der Ketzer or Die Weisheit des Blutes) is a 1979 drama film directed by John Huston and based on the novel by Flannery OConnor. ... The Night of the Hunter is a 1955 film noir based on the novel by Davis Grubb. ...

Songs

For the city, see Tupelo, Mississippi. ... Nicholas Edward Cave (born September 22, 1957) is a musician, songwriter, poet, author, and actor. ... The photograph that was cited by the songwriter as the inspiration for the song: Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith, August 7, 1930. ... Billie Holiday (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959), born Eleanora Fagan and later called Lady Day was an American singer widely considered one of the greatest jazz voices of all time. ... Ode to Billie Joe is a 1967 album written and performed by Bobbie Gentry, a singer-songwriter from Chickasaw County, Mississippi. ... Bobbie Gentry (b. ... Wendell Gee was the third and final single issued by R.E.M. from their third studio album Fables of the Reconstruction in 1985. ... REM or R.E.M. is an acronym for: Rapid Eye Movement, a phase during sleep U.S. rock music band R.E.M., formed in Athens, Georgia in 1980 Roentgen equivalent man, a unit for measuring levels of exposure to radiation. ... Iron & Wine is the pseudonym of American roots music singer and producer Sam Beam, who teaches cinematography in Miami, Florida. ... Sufjan Stevens (IPA pronunciation: ) (born July 1, 1975) is an American singer-songwriter and musician from Petoskey, Michigan. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Fancy is a common name for domestic animals, especially purebred cats. ... Bobbie Gentry (b. ... Front cover The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia is a song by songwriter Bobby Russell and performed in 1973 by Vicki Lawrence; Reba McEntire later covered it in the early 1990s. ... Vicki Lawrence (born Vicki Ann Axelrad on March 26, 1949, in Inglewood, California, USA) is an Emmy Award-winning actress and also an American comedian and singer. ... Drunken Angel (酔いどれ天使, Yoidore Tenshi) is a 1948 Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa. ... Lucinda Williams (born January 26, 1953) is an American rock, folk, and country music singer and songwriter. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

Historical incidents

The case of the Scottsboro Boys arose in Scottsboro, Alabama during the 1930s, when nine black youths, ranging in age from thirteen to nineteen, were accused of raping two white women, one of whom would later recant. ... Emmett Louis Bobo Till (July 25, 1941 – August 28, 1955) was an African-American teenager from Chicago, Illinois who was brutally murdered in a region of Mississippi known as the Mississippi Delta in the small town of Money in Leflore County. ... Lucille and Leo Frank at Franks trial. ...

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Southern Gothic - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (319 words)
Southern Gothic is a subgenre of the Gothic writing style, unique to American literature.
One of the most notable features of the Southern Gothic is "The Grotesque" — this includes situations, places, or stock characters that often possess some cringe-inducing qualities, typically racial bigotry and egotistical self-righteousness — but enough good traits that readers finds themselves interested nevertheless.
While often disturbing, Southern Gothic authors commonly use deeply flawed, grotesque characters for greater narrative range and more opportunities to highlight unpleasant aspects of Southern culture, without being too literal or appearing to be overly moralistic.
Southern Ontario Gothic - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (268 words)
Southern Ontario Gothic is a sub-genre of the Gothic novel genre and a feature of Canadian literature that comes from Southern Ontario.
Like the Southern Gothic of American writers such as William Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor and Eudora Welty, Southern Ontario Gothic analyzes and critiques social conditions such as race, gender, religion and politics, but in a Southern Ontario context.
Southern Ontario Gothic is generally characterized by a stern realism set against the dour small-town Protestant morality stereotypical of the region, and often has underlying themes of moral hypocrisy.
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