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Haunting Realities: Naturalist Gothic and American Realism ed. by Monika Elbert and Wendy Ryden (review)

Haunting Realities: Naturalist Gothic and American Realism ed. by Monika Elbert and Wendy Ryden... REVIEWS Haunting Realities: Naturalist Gothic and American Realism, edited by Monika Elbert and Wendy Ryden. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2017. 295 pp. Cloth, $64.95. mary e. papke Th e title— Haunting Realities— of Monika Elbert and Wendy Ryden’s ed- ited volume of essays is an evocative one, though the subtitle— Naturalist Gothic and American Realism— complicates one’s fi rst notion of the book’s subject. Th e intentional ambiguity of the adjectival constructions imme- diately poses critical questions— what is haunting American realism, and how does naturalism or, perhaps, the naturalistic inform the American gothic? Whether the book will address in equal measure both the gothic and American naturalism and thus stand as a noteworthy addition to nat- uralism studies can be determined only by a careful reading of each essay as well as then considering whether the volume coheres as a sustained en- gagement with naturalism studies. Th e union of naturalism and the gothic is not, of course, an altogether surprising one since both depend in great part on the irruption of the past into the present, whether that past be fi gured as heredity or as the uncan- ny. How one defi nes each literary mode http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Studies in American Naturalism uni_neb

Haunting Realities: Naturalist Gothic and American Realism ed. by Monika Elbert and Wendy Ryden (review)

Studies in American Naturalism , Volume 12 (2) – Mar 16, 2018

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Publisher
University of Nebraska Press
ISSN
1944-6519

Abstract

REVIEWS Haunting Realities: Naturalist Gothic and American Realism, edited by Monika Elbert and Wendy Ryden. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2017. 295 pp. Cloth, $64.95. mary e. papke Th e title— Haunting Realities— of Monika Elbert and Wendy Ryden’s ed- ited volume of essays is an evocative one, though the subtitle— Naturalist Gothic and American Realism— complicates one’s fi rst notion of the book’s subject. Th e intentional ambiguity of the adjectival constructions imme- diately poses critical questions— what is haunting American realism, and how does naturalism or, perhaps, the naturalistic inform the American gothic? Whether the book will address in equal measure both the gothic and American naturalism and thus stand as a noteworthy addition to nat- uralism studies can be determined only by a careful reading of each essay as well as then considering whether the volume coheres as a sustained en- gagement with naturalism studies. Th e union of naturalism and the gothic is not, of course, an altogether surprising one since both depend in great part on the irruption of the past into the present, whether that past be fi gured as heredity or as the uncan- ny. How one defi nes each literary mode

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Published: Mar 16, 2018

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