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Shirley Jackson's American Gothic
Shirley Jackson's American Gothic
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Darryl Hattenhauer - Author
Price: $65.50 
Hardcover - 246 pages
Release Date: January 2003
ISBN10: 0-7914-5607-2
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-5607-1

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Paperback - 246 pages
Release Date: January 2003
ISBN10: 0-7914-5608-0
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-5608-8

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Argues that Jackson's anticipation of postmodernism ranks her among the most significant writers of her time.

Best known for her short story “The Lottery” and her novel The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson produced a body of work that is more varied and complex than critics have realized. In fact, as Darryl Hattenhauer argues here, Jackson was one of the few writers to anticipate the transition from modernism to postmodernism, and therefore ranks among the most significant writers of her time. The first comprehensive study of all of Jackson's fiction, Shirley Jackson's American Gothic offers readers the chance not only to rediscover her work, but also to see how and why a major American writer was passed over for inclusion in the canon of American literature.

“…this is a wonderful book for Shirley Jackson’s admirers and for all scholars of women’s literary traditions in that it does the important work of establishing Jackson as a significant Gothic writer.” — Rocky Mountain Review

“Shirley Jackson's American Gothic discusses Jackson's fiction at greater length than any other scholarship on her work. Hattenhauer gives Jackson a long overdue critical assessment, viewing the oeuvre as a whole and taking approaches (including feminist and Lacanian) that should attract considerable attention.” — Joan Wylie Hall, author of Shirley Jackson: A Study of the Short Fiction

“Hattenhauer is a sensitive reader of Jackson, attentive to the kind of surprising and delightful detail that makes the best literary criticism a pleasure to read.” — Lynette Carpenter, coauthor of Ghost Stories by British and American Women: A Selected, Annotated Bibliography

Darryl Hattenhauer is Associate Professor of English at Arizona State University West.


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Shirley Jackson and Proto-Postmodernism

1. Some Conditions of Production

2. The Lottery or, The Adventures of James Harris (1949)

3. Come Along with Me: Part of a Novel, Sixteen Stories, and Three Lectures (1968)

4. Just an Ordinary Day (1996)

5. The Road Through the Wall (1948)

6. Hangsaman (1951)

7. The Bird’s Nest (1954)

8. The Sundial (1958)

9. The Haunting of Hill House (1959)

10. We Have Always Lived in the Castle (1962)

Afterword

Notes

Works Cited

Index



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