Southern Gothic Literature Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)


Baumbach, Jonathan. “The Acid of God's Grace: Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor.” In The Landscape of Nightmare: Studies in the Contemporary American Novel, pp. 87-100. New York: New York University Press, 1965.

Reading of Wise Blood as a representative work by Flannery O'Connor that explores themes of human life and redemption in the context of the author's rigid religious beliefs.

Heller, Terry. “Mirrored World's and the Gothic in Faulkner's Sanctuary.Mississippi Quarterly 42, no. 3 (summer 1989): 247-59.

Analyzes the use of mirrors in William Faulkner's Sanctuary, theorizing that they are used as a device to reflect opposing characters and viewpoints.

Kahane, Claire. “Gothic Mirrors and Feminine Identity.” Centennial Review 24, no. 1 (winter 1980): 43-64.

Explains Gothic fiction in the context of feminist and psychoanalytical critical interpretation, using several 18th- and 19th-century texts for illustration.

Kerr, Elizabeth M. “From Otranto to Yoknapatawpha: Faulkner's Gothic Heritage.” In William Faulkner's Gothic Domain, pp. 3-28. Port Washington, N.Y.: Kennikat Press, 1979.

Recounts the evolution of gothic fiction during the Romantic and Victorian eras in England and its impact on the development of nineteenth- and twentieth-century gothic fiction in the United States.

Machinek, Anna. “William Faulkner and the Gothic Tradition.” Kwartalnik Neofilologiczny 36, no. 2 (1989): 105-14.

Outlines basic assumptions of Gothic fiction, examining William Faulkner's Sanctuary and Absalom, Absalom! in this context.

Malin, Irving. “Flannery O'Connor and the Grotesque.” In The Added Dimension: The Art and Mind of Flannery O'Connor, edited by Melvin J. Friedman and Lewis A. Lawson, pp. 108-22. New York: Fordham University Press, 1977.

Focuses on Flannery O'Connor's psychological awareness as expressed via the themes and images of the grotesque in her work.

Mellard, James M. “Faulkner's Miss Emily and Blake's ‘Sick Rose’: ‘Invisible Worm,’ Nachträglichkeit, and Retrospective Gothic.” Faulkner Journal 2, no. 1 (fall 1986): 37-45.

Proposes that William Blake's The Sick Rose was the inspiration for Faulkner's A Rose for Emily, characterizing Faulkner's work as an innovative version of the Gothic tendencies apparent in Blake's work.

Richmond-Garza, Elizabeth M. “The Vampire's Gaze: Gothic Performance in Theory and Practice.” Comparatist: Journal of the Southern Comparative Literature Association 22 (May 1998): 91-109.

Examines cinematic adaptations of four contemporary Gothic works, including Dracula, Interview with the Vampire, and Ran.

Additional coverage of Gothic literature is contained in the following source published by the Gale Group: Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, Vol. 28.