Shirley Jackson's American Gothic

Shirley Jackson's American Gothic

by Darryl Hattenhauer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791456080

ISBN-13: 9780791456088

Pub. Date: 01/28/2003

Publisher: State University of New York Press

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…  See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791456088
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
01/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
246
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Shirley Jackson and Proto-Postmodernism1
1Some Conditions of Production15
2The Lottery or, The Adventures of James Harris (1949)29
3Come Along with Me: Part of a Novel, Sixteen Stories, and Three Lectures (1968)49
4Just an Ordinary Day (1996)67
5The Road Through the Wall (1948)83
6Hangsaman (1951)99
7The Bird's Nest (1954)119
8The Sundial (1958)137
9The Haunting of Hill House (1959)155
10We Have Always Lived in the Castle (1962)175
Afterword191
Notes195
Works Cited209
Index223

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