By Charles L. Crow
A spouse to American Gothic incorporates a number of unique essays that discover America’s gothic literary tradition.
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Critics have spoken of this as an echo, or set of echoes, of the (ab)original infringement of an unspoken, unwritten territory by the forces of invasion, settlement, and conquest, and this is surely right: insofar as there is a theory of a specifically American Gothic, then it will have to do with quite different preoccupations than its European counterparts. Where European Gothic, at least in its earliest inceptions, had to do with anxieties about how to establish one’s rights to ground or land or an estate that was already subject to a rival but recognizable hegemony – a different heir, to take an example, but from a consanguineous cousinage – American Gothic has from the beginning had to deal with prior claims of an entirely different order.
Lovecraft, himself an American author of “Gothics” reminiscent of Poe’s; and the 1934 essay by Edmund Wilson on the Freudian basis of Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw (1898) followed by Wilson’s own justification of US “Tales of Horror” as 6 Jerrold E. Hogle a means for American audiences to articulate “the terrors that lie deep[est] in the human psyche” (Wilson 1950: 175). But it is Fiedler who has most applied “orthodox Freudianism and Jungian revisionism” together (1966: 14) in distinctively American terms.