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Southern gothic literature

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Introduction to the characteristics of Southern Gothic Literature, specifically for William Faulkner and "A Rose for Emily"

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Southern gothic literature

  1. 1. Southern Gothic Literature As you view the next seven slides, see if you can identify some characteristics of this genre.
  2. 2. • Southern Gothic is a subgenre of Gothic fiction unique to American literature that takes place exclusively in the American South. • Common themes in Southern Gothic literature include deeply flawed, disturbing or disorienting characters, decayed or derelict settings, grotesque situations, and other sinister events . • It addresses issues of poverty, alienation, racism, crime, and violence to explore social issues and reveal the cultural character of the American South. • It uses macabre, ironic events to examine the values of the American South. William Faulkner Harper Lee Eudora Welty Tennessee Williams
  3. 3. Introducing William Faulkner William Faulkner (September 25, 1897 – July 6, 1962) was an American writer and Nobel Prize laureate from Oxford, Mississippi. He is primarily known for his novels and short stories, many of which are set in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County.