The Gothic and Twenty-First-Century American Popular Culture


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The Gothic and Twenty-First-Century American Popular Culture examines the gothic mode deployed in a variety of texts that touch upon inherently US American themes, demonstrating its versatility and ubiquity across genres and popular media. The volume is divided into four main thematic sections, spanning representations related to ethnic minorities, bodily monstrosity, environmental anxieties, and haunted technology. The chapters explore both overtly gothic texts and pop culture artifacts that, despite not being widely considered strictly so, rely on gothic strategies and narrative devices.

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Anna Marta Marini obtained her PhD in North American Studies (2024) at Universidad de Alcalá-Instituto Franklin and works chiefly in US American and Mexican Studies, fields in which she has published extensively.

Michael Fuchs has co-edited books such as Fantastic Cities: American Urban Spaces in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror (2022) and ConFiguring America: Iconic Figures, Visuality, and the American National Identity (2013).
Scholars at any stage of their career interested in American Studies, twenty-first-century popular culture, and the Gothic. Institutes and departments specialized on the Gothic (e.g. Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies, International Centre for Gothic Studies at University of Stirling).
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