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Toni Morrison's Gothic: Visions of Headless Brides and Haunted Communes

Maisha L. Wester, Bowling Green State University - Main Campus

Abstract

Despite her comments to the contrary, many of Toni Morrison's works exhibit Gothic elements; indeed, as numerous critics have noted, texts like Beloved revise the Gothic to situate the genre's aesthetics of horror an terror outside of the supernatural. This essay interrogates Morrison's Paradise for its appropriation of Gothic aesthetics and revision of genre tropes, noting how the text employs the genre at specific moments in its critique of normative and essentializing ideology.

Suggested Citation

Maisha L. Wester. "Toni Morrison's Gothic: Visions of Headless Brides and Haunted Communes" A Companion to the American Gothic Ed. Ed. Charles Crow. Routledge, 2013.

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