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Leila Taylor takes us into the dark heart of the American gothic, analyzing the ways it relates to race in America in the 21st century.

Haunted houses, bitter revenants, and muffled heartbeats under floorboards - the American Gothic is a macabre tale based on a true story. 

Part memoir and part cultural critique, Darkly: Black History and America's Gothic Soul explores American culture's inevitable gothicity in the traces left from chattel slavery. The persistence of white supremacy and the ubiquity of black deaths feed a national culture of terror and a perpetual undercurrent of mourning. 

If the gothic narrative is metabolized fear; if the goth aesthetic is romanticized melancholy; what does that look and sound like in Black America?

©2019 Leila Taylor (P)2019 Watkins Publishing

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An essential book on the gothic

This is a must read on anyone studying or remotely interested in the gothic. It sees the gothic filtered through black American history. It is both moving and profound.

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amazing

this opened up the subject more than I ever could have imagined. Goth BLM forever.

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  • 01-11-20

Listen to this!

Great examination of American history, and current issues. Add this to your required reading list.

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  • CaL Lambert
  • 27-09-20

Not what I hoped

It flits around to many different topics but doesn't get particularly in depth with any of them. My main problem was the narrator mispronounced things CONSTANTLY

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  • Kenning JP García
  • 22-06-20

Black Goth

A discussion of life as Afro-Goth within a discussion of American, urban, and musical history.