The Rural Gothic in American Popular Culture: Backwoods Horror and Terror in the Wilderness

Bernice M. Murphy


The Rural Gothic in American Popular Culture: Backwoods Horror and Terror in the Wilderness

The Rural Gothic in American Popular Culture: Backwoods Horror and Terror in the Wilderness

  • Title: The Rural Gothic in American Popular Culture: Backwoods Horror and Terror in the Wilderness
  • Author: Bernice M. Murphy
  • ISBN: 9781137353719
  • Page: 160
  • Format: Hardcover



From the very beginnings of an independent literary culture, the North American wilderness has often served as the setting for narratives in which the boundaries between order and chaos, savagery and civilization are torn down, and the natural world as well as the individuals and creatures associated with it becomes a threat to physical and moral safety The Rural GothFrom the very beginnings of an independent literary culture, the North American wilderness has often served as the setting for narratives in which the boundaries between order and chaos, savagery and civilization are torn down, and the natural world as well as the individuals and creatures associated with it becomes a threat to physical and moral safety The Rural Gothic in American Popular Culture argues that complex and often negative initial responses early European settlers expressed toward the North American Wilderness continue to influence American horror and gothic narratives to this day The book undertakes a detailed and historically grounded analysis of key literary and filmic texts The works of canonical authors such as Mary Rowlandson, Charles Brockden Brown and Nathaniel Hawthorne are discussed, as are the origins and characteristics of the backwoods horror film tradition and the post 1960 eco horror narrative.


Recent Comments "The Rural Gothic in American Popular Culture: Backwoods Horror and Terror in the Wilderness"

"The cabin in the woods is to the American Gothic what the haunted castle is to the European - the seed from which everything else ultimately grows." This book gave me new perspective on the differences between American horror and its predecessors. The Salem Witch Trials and our clashes with the displacement of the Native Americans are at the root of many of our cultural fears. I never realized there were so many stories about Native American abduction and the “savagery” that their captives [...]

Interesting and informative overview. Murphy writes basically a history of tropes and ideas pertaining to forms of horror localized in america. The read however is slightly slowed down by his lengthy expositions of film and novel contents which often could have been cut down in favor of more poignantly established connections between history and horror. History is what makes the first half of the book especially interesting, whereas I strongly doubt the gerealizations on the development on eco-h [...]


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