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Spectral Returns and New Turns in Contemporary American Literature and Criticism

Spectral Returns and New Turns in Contemporary American Literature and Criticism Spectral Returns and New Turns in Contemporary American Literature and Criticism by Annette Trefzer Haints: American Ghosts, Millennial Passions, and Contemporary Gothic Fiction. By Arthur Redding. Tuscaloosa: U of Alabama Press, 2011. pp. xii + 148. $27.50 cloth. $22.00 ebook Reconstructing the Native South: American Indian Literature and the Lost Cause. By Melanie Benson Taylor. Athens: U of Georgia Press, 2011. pp. 248. $69.95 cloth. $24.95 paper and ebook. Since Jacques Derrida’s Specters of Marx, contemporary literary criti- cism has taken a veritable “spectral turn,” and the current fascination with spec- ters is reflected in book titles ranging from popular culture to academic studies. e n Th ew books by Arthur Redding and Melanie Benson Taylor, though very dif - ferent, both rely on the metaphor of haunting for their arguments. Arthur Redding’s Haints is based on the premise that gothic fiction is expe - riencing a contemporary resurgence. Redding’s work builds on Teresa Goddu’s classic Gothic America, a study that links the gothic to the project of nationhood and especially to the voices that have been excluded from prevailing representa- tions of America. Redding follows this line of reasoning into the 20th century and into the post- national http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Southern Literary Journal University of North Carolina Press

Spectral Returns and New Turns in Contemporary American Literature and Criticism

The Southern Literary Journal , Volume 46 (1) – Feb 13, 2014

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Spectral Returns and New Turns in Contemporary American Literature and Criticism by Annette Trefzer Haints: American Ghosts, Millennial Passions, and Contemporary Gothic Fiction. By Arthur Redding. Tuscaloosa: U of Alabama Press, 2011. pp. xii + 148. $27.50 cloth. $22.00 ebook Reconstructing the Native South: American Indian Literature and the Lost Cause. By Melanie Benson Taylor. Athens: U of Georgia Press, 2011. pp. 248. $69.95 cloth. $24.95 paper and ebook. Since Jacques Derrida’s Specters of Marx, contemporary literary criti- cism has taken a veritable “spectral turn,” and the current fascination with spec- ters is reflected in book titles ranging from popular culture to academic studies. e n Th ew books by Arthur Redding and Melanie Benson Taylor, though very dif - ferent, both rely on the metaphor of haunting for their arguments. Arthur Redding’s Haints is based on the premise that gothic fiction is expe - riencing a contemporary resurgence. Redding’s work builds on Teresa Goddu’s classic Gothic America, a study that links the gothic to the project of nationhood and especially to the voices that have been excluded from prevailing representa- tions of America. Redding follows this line of reasoning into the 20th century and into the post- national

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Published: Feb 13, 2014

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