The Resource Nightmare on Main Street : angels, sadomasochism, and the culture of Gothic, Mark Edmundson

Nightmare on Main Street : angels, sadomasochism, and the culture of Gothic, Mark Edmundson

Label
Nightmare on Main Street : angels, sadomasochism, and the culture of Gothic
Title
Nightmare on Main Street
Title remainder
angels, sadomasochism, and the culture of Gothic
Statement of responsibility
Mark Edmundson
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Once we've terrified ourselves reading Anne Rice or Stephen King, watching Halloween or following the O. J. Simpson trial, we can rely on the comfort of our inner child or Robert Bly's bongos, an angel, or even a crystal. In a brilliant assessment of American culture on the eve of the millennium, Mark Edmundson asks why we're determined to be haunted, courting the Gothic at every turn--and, at the same time, committed to escape through any new scheme for ready-made transcendence. Nightmare on Main Street depicts a culture suffused with the Gothic, not just in novels and films but even in the nonfictive realms of politics and academic theories, TV news and talk shows, various therapies, and discourses on AIDS and the environment. Gothic's first wave, in the 1790s, reflected the truly terrifying events unfolding in revolutionary France. What, Edmundson asks, does the ascendancy of the Gothic in the 1990s tell us about our own day? And what of another trend, seemingly unrelated--the widespread belief that re-creating oneself is as easy as making a wish? Looking at the world according to Forrest Gump, Edmundson shows how this parallel culture actually works reciprocally with the Gothic. An unchecked fixation on the Gothic, Edmundson argues, would result in a culture of sadomasochism. Against such a rancorous and dispiriting possibility, he draws on the work of Nietzsche and Shelley, and on the recent creations of Toni Morrison and Tony Kushner, to show how the Gothic and the visionary can come together in persuasive and renovating ways. - Book Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1952-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Edmundson, Mark
Index
index present
LC call number
PS374.G68
LC item number
E36 1997
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Horror tales, American
  • Gothic revival (Literature)
  • Popular culture
  • Horror films
  • Sadomasochism in literature
  • Angels in literature
  • Griezelfilms
  • Sadomasochisme
  • Massenkultur
  • Horrorfilm
  • Horrorliteratur
  • Engel <Motiv>
  • Sadomasochismus
  • Gothic novel
  • Neugotik
  • Angels in literature
  • Gothic revival (Literature)
  • Horror films
  • Horror tales, American
  • Popular culture
  • Sadomasochism in literature
  • USA
  • United States
Label
Nightmare on Main Street : angels, sadomasochism, and the culture of Gothic, Mark Edmundson
Link
https://archive.org/details/nightmareonmains00edmu
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [181]-186) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
American gothic -- The world according to forrest gump -- S & M culture
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xviii, 190 pages
Isbn
9780674874848
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
97020270
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)36857264
  • (OCoLC)ocm36857264
Label
Nightmare on Main Street : angels, sadomasochism, and the culture of Gothic, Mark Edmundson
Link
https://archive.org/details/nightmareonmains00edmu
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [181]-186) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
American gothic -- The world according to forrest gump -- S & M culture
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xviii, 190 pages
Isbn
9780674874848
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
97020270
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)36857264
  • (OCoLC)ocm36857264

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