Darkly - Black History and America's Gothic Soul

Author(s): Leila Taylor

politics + activism

Leila Taylor takes us into the dark heart of the American gothic, analysing the ways it relates to race in America in the twenty-first century. Haunted houses, bitter revenants and muffled heartbeats under floorboards -- the American gothic is a macabre tale based on a true story. Part memoir and part cultural critique, Darkly: Blackness and America's Gothic Soul explores American culture's inevitable gothicity in the traces left from chattel slavery. The persistence of white supremacy and the ubiquity of Black death feeds a national culture of terror and a perpetual undercurrent of mourning. If the gothic narrative is metabolized fear, if the goth aesthetic is romanticized melancholy, what does that look and sound like in Black America?

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Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9781912248544
  • : Watkins Media Limited
  • : Watkins Publishing
  • : November 2019
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Leila Taylor
  • : Paperback
  • : 206