Gulf Gothic

Gulf Gothic

Mexico, the U.S. South and La Llorona’s Undead Voices

By Dolores Flores-Silva & Keith Cartwright

Anthem Impact

Anthem Studies in Gothic Literature

Gothic Gulfs examines haunted, secret-laden narratives that emerge from the gulfs between people all along the Gulf of Mexico and on both sides of the Rio Grande. The Gulf is presented as a unified region and as dynamic ground zero of North American (and global) cross-culturality and traumas.

Paperback, 250 Pages

ISBN:9781839980367

September 2022

£20.99, $24.95

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About This Book

Gothic Gulfs examines haunted, secret-laden narratives that emerge from the gulfs between people all along the Gulf of Mexico and on both sides of the Rio Grande. The Gulf is presented as a unified region and as dynamic ground zero of North American (and global) cross-culturality and traumas.

Gothic Gulfs studies gothic narratives that emerge from real and conceptual Gulf spaces. The Gulf of Mexico is an intensely cross-cultural ground zero of modern North America. Rarely, however, has the Gulf been examined as the dynamic transnational region that it is (taking in the Gulf states of Mexico and the U.S., as well as western Cuba), a space that nourished the spread of maize agriculture and the rise of a two-thousand-year-old literary historical tradition that marks the landfall of colonial conquest and the emergence of plantation slavery through ports such as Veracruz, Havana, and New Orleans. In this study, the Gulf signifies metaphorically and symbolically (gulfs between peoples), as well as topographically. Its gothic modalities carry a particularly urgent charge that demands to be read and addressed in holistic form.

Gothic is a mode of representing all that is blocked from free movement and aspiration. It carries what has been pushed back, what we have been inoculated against: something deemed barbaric or monstrous—some undead folklore or occultism untamed by colonial projects. All across the Gulf, the gothic harbours what hasn’t submitted to (or been incorporated by) projects of nationalism. It manages to reveal the corruption of supposedly noble regimes. It becomes tropical, directionally southern, a space of attempted quarantines and border walls. 

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Author Information

Dolores Flores-Silva is professor of Latin American literature and culture at Roanoke College and author of The Cross and the Sword in the Works of Rosario Ferre and Maya Montero (2009).

Keith Cartwright is chair of the Department of English at the University of North Florida and the author of Sacral Grooves, Limbo Gateways (2013) and Reading Africa into American Literature (2002).

Series

Anthem Impact

Anthem Studies in Gothic Literature

Table of Contents

Introduction: Gulf Gothic/Gothic Gulfs; Chapter 1: Wailing Woman’s Undead Hollering; Chapter 2: The Big House and Big Woods of Gulf Gothic; Chapter 3: Huracan and the Heavy Weather of Gulf Gothic; Chapter 4: Towards Non-gothic Scriptings and Worlds Ahead.

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