Taking as its point of departure recent insights about the performative nature of genre the poetics and politics of the american gothic challenges the critical tendency to accept at face value. 2 the poetics and politics of the american gothic or stumbling block we could say that gothic fiction is scandalous not only because it deals with transgression such as murder forced confinement physical violation and psychological torture but also because it makes the possibility of knowing and judging transgression itself into a stumbling block by questioning the terms that define wrong . In the poetics and politics of the american gothic agnieszka soltysik monnet shows that the often dismissed genre of the gothic has long been engaged in a serious though still scary project of engaging readers in questions about judgement rather than focus on the aesthetics of the genre she turns to consider the ethics of the gothic more specifically the ways that the genre provides a complex intellectual and ethical reading experience p 2 monnet shows how the central and . The poetics and politics of the american gothic is a well researched study of five nineteenth century writers who share a concern with the political and ideological debates of their time often indirectly expressed 27 monnet maintains an effective balance between her readings of the texts a critical awareness and her own rich questions claims and theoretical framework
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