Criticism: Structure And Technique In Southern Gothic Literature - Essay

Ollye Tine Snow (essay date summer 1965)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Snow, Ollye Tine. “The Functional Gothic of Flannery O'Connor.” Southwest Review 50, no. 3 (summer 1965): 286-99.

[In the following essay, Snow discusses O'Connor's use of eighteenth-century gothic devices to convey the idea that humans can overcome adversity only if they obey Divine authority.]

With the recent posthumous publication of Flannery O'Connor's collection of short stories Everything That Rises Must Converge,1 readers are impressed again with the “terrible swift sword” that cuts away at man's sin. Again in these stories as in her other collection and in her two novels, the grotesqueries of man's defiant, sometimes stupid...

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J. Douglas Perry Jr. (essay date 1973)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Perry, J. Douglas, Jr. “Gothic as Vortex: The Form of Horror in Capote, Faulkner, and Styron.” In The Critical Response to Truman Capote, edited by Joseph J. Waldmeir and John C. Waldmeir, pp. 179-91. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 1999.

[In the following essay, originally published in Modern Fiction Studies in 1973, Perry proposes that in addition to the commonality of theme and images, American gothic fiction also uses traditional structures and techniques to create a concentric series of events, drawing the reader into an intense interaction between human communities that exist inside and outside the novel.]

An examination of Capote, Faulkner,...

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Susan V. Donaldson (essay date fall 1997)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Donaldson, Susan V. “Making a Spectacle: Welty, Faulkner, and Southern Gothic.”1Mississippi Quarterly 50, no. 4 (fall 1997): 567-83.

[In the following essay, Donaldson compares the portraits of women created by Faulkner and Welty, noting that while Faulkner's narratives reverberate with the effort to impose cultural ideas of femininity on his Southern characters, Welty's narratives present women that break out of the narrow confines of their worlds, “a carnival of gothic and grotesque heroines” who resist placement in traditional roles and themes.]

By the time Eudora Welty published A Curtain of Green and Other Stories in 1941, the...

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