RE: RARA-AVIS: Southern Gothic

From: Mark E. Hall (
Date: 27 Feb 2003

Jim writes:

> Miker,
> Re your question below:
> > Can you think of any [Poe stories] that have a
> > Southern "air" to them?
> "The Gold Bug" is definitely set in the South. I'm
> not sure how "gothic" you'd consider it but it's
> definitely Southern. The story involves code-breaking
> rather than the actual solving of a crime.

I guess this would be my question overall---how the heck are you defining Southern Gothic? By setting alone, or by the author's personal history, etc.? I mena for example, by many scholars Bierce is seen as a California writer, not a Southern Gothic writer.

Best, MEH


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