The Suburban Gothic in American Popular Culture

The Suburban Gothic in American Popular Culture

Beginning with Shirley Jackson's The Road Through the Wall , Murphy discusses representative texts from each decade, including I Am Legend , Bewitched , Halloween and Desperate Housewives .

Author: B. Murphy

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230244757

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 236

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The first sustained examination of the depiction of American suburbia in gothic and horror films, television and literature from 1948 to the present day. Beginning with Shirley Jackson's The Road Through the Wall , Murphy discusses representative texts from each decade, including I Am Legend , Bewitched , Halloween and Desperate Housewives .
Categories: Performing Arts

The Rural Gothic in American Popular Culture

The Rural Gothic in American Popular Culture

The book undertakes a detailed analysis of key literary and filmic texts situated within consideration of specific contexts.

Author: B. Murphy

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137353726

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 257

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The Rural Gothic in American Popular Culture argues that complex and often negative initial responses of early European settlers continue to influence American horror and gothic narratives to this day. The book undertakes a detailed analysis of key literary and filmic texts situated within consideration of specific contexts.
Categories: Performing Arts

The Highway Horror Film

The Highway Horror Film

The Highway Horror Film argues that 'Highway Horror' is a hither-to overlooked sub-genre of the American horror movie.

Author: Bernice M. Murphy

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137391209

Category: Social Science

Page: 113

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The Highway Horror Film argues that 'Highway Horror' is a hither-to overlooked sub-genre of the American horror movie. In these films, the American landscape is by its very accessibility rendered terrifyingly hostile, and encounters with other travellers almost always have sinister outcomes.
Categories: Social Science

A Companion to American Gothic

A Companion to American Gothic

26 The Cold War Gothic Poetry of Sylvia Plath Kathleen. Friedan, B. (1963). ... The Levittowners: Ways of Life and Politics in a New Suburban Community. Michigan: Pantheon Books. ... The Suburban Gothic in American Popular Culture.

Author: Charles L. Crow

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118608425

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 616

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A Companion to American Gothic features a collection of original essays that explore America’s gothic literary tradition. The largest collection of essays in the field of American Gothic Contributions from a wide variety of scholars from around the world The most complete coverage of theory, major authors, popular culture and non-print media available
Categories: Literary Criticism

Literature of Suburban Change

Literature of Suburban Change

This is rather the problem with an otherwise energetic and extensive study of the topic, Bernice Murphy's The Suburban Gothic in American Popular Culture (2009), which concludes that the suburban Gothic 'deserves to be considered one of ...

Author: Dines Martin Dines

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9781474426503

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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Explores how American writers articulate the complexity of twentieth-century suburbiaExamines the ways American writers from the 1960s to the present - including John Updike, Richard Ford, Gloria Naylor, Jeffrey Eugenides, D. J. Waldie, Alison Bechdel, Chris Ware, Jhumpa Lahiri, Junot Daz and John Barth - have sought to articulate the complexity of the US suburbsAnalyses the relationships between literary form and the spatial and temporal dimensions of the environment Scrutinises increasingly prominent literary and cultural forms including novel sequences, memoir, drama, graphic novels and short story cyclesCombines insights drawn from recent historiography of the US suburbs and cultural geography with analyses of over twenty-five texts to provide a fresh outlook on the literary history of American suburbiaThe Literature of Suburban Change examines the diverse body of cultural material produced since 1960 responding to the defining habitat of twentieth-century USA: the suburbs. Martin Dines analyses how writers have innovated across a range of forms and genres - including novel sequences, memoirs, plays, comics and short story cycles - in order to make sense of the complexity of suburbia. Drawing on insights from recent historiography and cultural geography, Dines offers a new perspective on the literary history of the US suburbs. He argues that by giving time back to these apparently timeless places, writers help reactivate the suburbs, presenting them not as fixed, finished and familiar but rather as living, multifaceted environments that are still in production and under exploration.
Categories: Fiction

Between Dream Houses and God s Own Junkyard Architecture and the Built Environment in American Suburban Fiction

Between Dream Houses and  God s Own Junkyard   Architecture and the Built Environment in American Suburban Fiction

As Murphy observes in her book on The Suburban Gothic in American Popular Culture, “[i]n the Suburban Gothic, one is almost always in more danger from the people in the house next door, or one's own family, than from external threats” ...

Author: Stefanie Strebel

Publisher: Narr Francke Attempto Verlag

ISBN: 9783772057519

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 228

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The American suburb is a space dominated by architectural mass production, sprawl, as well as a monotonous aesthetic eclecticism, and many critics argue that it has developed from a postwar utopia into a disorienting environment with which it is difficult to identify. The typical suburb has come to display characteristics of an atopia, that is, a space without borders or even a non-place, a generic space of transience. Dealing with the representation of architecture and the built environment in suburban literature and film from the 1920s until present, this study demonstrates that in its fictional representations, too, suburbia has largely turned into a place of non-architecture. A lack of architectural ethos and an abundance of "Junkspace" define suburban narratives, causing an increasing sense of disorientation and entropy in fictional characters.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Amped about Hell

 Amped about Hell

Derived from the work of Bernice M. Murphy, "Suburban Gothic" is a subgenre in popular culture providing continuous commentary on American society.

Author: Simone Marjorie Perry

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:899934208

Category: American horror story (Television program)

Page: 116

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Derived from the work of Bernice M. Murphy, "Suburban Gothic" is a subgenre in popular culture providing continuous commentary on American society. Though she writes extensively about depictions of Suburban Gothic throughout the last several decades, Murphy's research has shown little interest in television. The advent of complex narrative in serial television, particularly over the last twenty-five years, is crucial to homing in on the format. Viewing the Suburban Gothic as a "genre television," we can see it evolving into a higher art form. Using essays in aesthetics and film theory to enhance the understanding of Suburban Gothic, three shows are using a combination of these theories. Twin Peaks, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and American Horror Story mark the genre's evolution from dialectical to playful, ultimately revealing to audiences that they have become frenzied over the impending collapse of society.
Categories: American horror story (Television program)

Reading Richard Matheson

Reading Richard Matheson

Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era, rev. and upd. ed. New York: Basic Books, 1999. Murphy, Bernice M. The Suburban Gothic in American Popular Culture. Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.

Author: Cheyenne Mathews

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442234666

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 262

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Richard Matheson (1926-2013) was a prolific author and screenwriter whose career of more than 60 years has shaped the horror and fantasy genres in literature, film, and television. This volume examines seven of Matheson’s full-length novels, a sampling of short stories, and several film adaptations. The chapters, which are arranged in three thematic sections, emphasize Matheson’s historical prominence, consider his precursors and successors, and situate him within narrative traditions of mythology, cinema, genre, and memory studies.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Ghosts in Popular Culture and Legend

Ghosts in Popular Culture and Legend

Ghosts of Futures Past: Spiritualism and the Cultural Politics of Nineteenth-Century America. Berkeley: University of California ... Murphy, Bernice A. The Suburban Gothic in American Popular Culture. Houndmills, Bassingstoke: Palgrave ...

Author: June Michele Pulliam

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781440834912

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 403

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With entries that range from specific works to authors, folklore, and popular culture (including music, film, television, urban legend, and gaming), this book provides a single-volume resource on all things ghostly in the United States and in other countries. • Provides accessible, interesting, and fun-to-read information authored by expert researchers and coedited by scholars who are experts on the topic of ghosts across human culture • Presents analytical discussions of the figure of the ghost in each work that will be beneficial to students in film studies, English, or other classes tasked with writing an essay on the horror genre or ghost films and books • Explores how the idea of the ghost implies belief in there being more to human existence than the physical body and is intrinsically connected to the concept of the afterlife—and how these concepts often coexisted uneasily with beliefs regarding afterlife in religious theologies
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

The Encyclopedia of the Gothic

The Encyclopedia of the Gothic

American Gothic: New Interventions in a National Narrative. Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press, pp. 237–57. Murphy, B. A. (2009) The Suburban Gothic in American Popular Culture. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Author: William Hughes

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781119210412

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 880

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The Encylopedia of the Gothic features a series of newly-commissioned essays from experts in Gothic studies that cover all aspects of the Gothic as it is currently taught and researched, along with the development of the genre and its impact on contemporary culture. Comprises over 200 newly commissioned entries written by a stellar cast of over 130 experts in the field Arranged in A-Z format across two fully cross-referenced volumes Represents the definitive reference guide to all aspects of the Gothic Provides comprehensive coverage of relevant authors, national traditions, critical developments, and notable texts that define, shape, and inform the genre Extends beyond a purely literary analysis to explore Gothic elements of film, music, drama, art, and architecture. Explores the development of the genre and its impact on contemporary culture
Categories: Literary Criticism