New breed, old blood: Gothic horror in contemporary fiction and film
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Whereas most studies treat the "gothic" and "horror" genres as distinct, New Breed, Old Blood uses narrative, feminist, and queer theory, as well as literary and cultural history, to argue that "gothic horror" is a multi-media field in which many (sub)genres arise, and that "new" (sub)genres retain much "old blood" from narratives of the past. Chapter one discusses the various essentializing "turf wars" over such terms as gothic, horror, terror, the uncanny, and the fantastic. Chapter two examines the manner in which haunted house tales, especially Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves , employ the American Nightmare as a political critique of the middle-class nuclear family's American Dream. Chapter three proposes that "ghost therapy" narratives, especially the films of M. Night Shyamalan, privilege the use of melodrama over gothic horror. Chapter four argues that the trend in "love object" narratives, a patchwork of texts as diverse as Frankenstein , Joyce Carol Oates' Zombie , and episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer , is increasingly feminist in deconstructing the creator/created binary. Chapter five proposes a theory of the monstrous feminine that uses the perspective of female protagonists and their experience of social prohibitions, and it analyzes Graham Swift's Waterland , the short stories of Angela Carter, and the horror films Ginger Snaps and Blood Moon .