Gothic Realities: The Impact of Horror Fiction on Modern Culture

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Early literary critics feared Gothic's potential to corrupt youth, inspire deviant sexuality, instill heretical beliefs, and encourage antisocial violence. This book examines Gothic and horror fictions over the last three centuries, from their literary foundations to the influence on modern popular culture. Topics covered include homosexuality, interest in paranormal research, and violent school shootings.

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"astutely explores the ways that original fears regarding the corrupting influence of eighteenth-century Gothic texts continue to resurface in modern works and real life occurrences of horror.... Sophisticated and engaging from the start, Cooper's prose style makes for a lucid and enjoyable read"--Gothic Studies; "this book is both useful and provocative"--Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts; "Gracefully written...worth reading...valuable...a book that belongs on the shelves of anyone who is interested in the Gothic, in film studies, and in cultural studies as well as on the shelves of people who enjoy a well crafted argument."--Carol Senf, professor/associate chair Georgia Tech's School of Literature, Communication, and Culture. Author of The Vampire in Nineteenth Century English Literature and Science and Social Science in Bram Stoker's Fiction.

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L. Andrew Cooper is assistant director of writing and communication at Georgia Tech University. His work has appeared in The Quarterly Review of Film and Video and Gothic Studies.

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