Saturday, February 13, 2010

Southern Gothic

Got another email from Oprah's Book Club and ended up looking at the section on Southern Gothic. These are some of the features of the southern gothic genre which I can discern from the article.

First, a glance at some Writers of the genre: William Faulkner, Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams, Carson McCullers, Eudora Welty

Features:

Characters: insane, abnormal, innocent redeemer, strangers who do not fit in and are therefore isolated, characters affected by violence, aging Southern Belles.

Setting: small southern towns, lonely plantations, after the Civil War and during a time of racial tension, violent period.

Themes: physical and figurative imprisonment, innocence, violence, broken bodies/broken souls, romance with tragedy.

You know what? These sound like the themes in the soap operas I used to watch, The Young and the Restless and Days of Our Lives.

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