Telling an American Horror Story: Essays on History, Place and Identity in the Series (Paperback)

Telling an American Horror Story: Essays on History, Place and Identity in the Series By Cameron Williams Crawford (Editor), Leverett Butts (Editor) Cover Image

Telling an American Horror Story: Essays on History, Place and Identity in the Series (Paperback)

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Telling an American Horror Story collects essays from new and established critics looking at the many ways the horror anthology series intersects with and comments on contemporary American social, political and popular culture. Divided into three sections, the chapters apply a cultural criticism framework to examine how the first eight seasons of AHS engage with American history, our contemporary ideologies and social policies.

Part I explores the historical context and the uniquely-American folklore that AHS evokes, from the Southern Gothic themes of Coven to connections between Apocalypseand anxieties of modern American youth. Part II contains interpretations of place and setting that mark the various seasons of the anthology. Finally, Part III examines how the series confronts notions of individual and social identity, like the portrayals of destructive leadership in Cult and lesbian representation in Asylum and Hotel.

Cameron Williams Crawford is a senior lecturer at the University of North Georgia in Gainesville. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Leverett Butts teaches American literature at the Gainesville campus of the University of North Georgia. He lives in Carrollton, Georgia.
Product Details ISBN: 9781476680613
ISBN-10: 1476680612
Publisher: McFarland & Company
Publication Date: March 12th, 2021
Pages: 230
Language: English