Darkly - Leila Taylor

Darkly

By Leila Taylor

  • Release Date: 2019-11-12
  • Genre: History

Description

A fascinating journey into the dark heart of the American gothic that analyzes its connections to race in twenty-first-century America

Haunted houses, bitter revenants and muffled heartbeats under floorboards—the American gothic is a macabre tale based on a true story.

Part memoir and part cultural critique, Darkly: Blackness and America's Gothic Soul explores American culture's inevitable gothicity in the traces left from chattel slavery. The persistence of white supremacy and the ubiquity of Black death feeds a national culture of terror and a perpetual undercurrent of mourning.

If the gothic narrative is metabolized fear, if the goth aesthetic is romanticized melancholy, what does that look and sound like in Black America?

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