Financial Gothic

Monsterized Capitalism in American Gothic Fiction

Author(s) Amy Bride

Language: English

Genre(s): Literary Criticism

Series: Gothic Literary Studies

  • October 2023 · 280 pages ·216x138mm

  • · Hardback - 9781837720637
  • · eBook - pdf - 9781837720644
  • · eBook - epub - 9781837720651

About The Book

Financial Gothic explores the persistent concern of American Gothic literature with finance – and finance as having always been a gothic phenomenon – from 1880 to the present day. The study reads Frankensteinian monsters, haunted houses, vampires and zombies in American literature and film as cultural responses to such twentieth and twenty-first century financial phenomena as the 1929 Wall Street Crash, post-war housing debt, financial deregulation, and the 2008 Credit Crunch. Consideration is also given to the pre-existing consensus on racial readings of American gothic, and how these interpretations of the slave trade can be expanded upon in conversation with their financial contexts. Drawing on contemporary insights into financialised understandings of economics within the humanities, new analysis of finance as an inherently gothic phenomenon, and archival work completed on the Library of Congress’s Black History Collection, Financial Gothic highlights an as-yet-unrecognised dimension of haunting and monstrosity within American gothic fiction.

About the Author(s)

Author(s): Amy Bride

Amy Bride is Lecturer in American Studies at the University of Manchester, where she completed her doctoral studies in 2019. Her teaching specialises in gothic American literature and culture, 1799–2011.

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