Richard Horner

This interdisciplinary research will locate a contemporary Southern Gothic media and analyse how the genre provides a commentary on the American South today. It will address how the genre has developed certain tropes over its history and these tropes are used to portray the changing social, political and physical landscape of the South.

By applying an interdisciplinary approach, this study will trace the roots of Southern Gothic back to its inception in literature and develop an understanding of how the Gothic form was applicable to the American South. This will aid an understanding of how this form has been adapted to media and used to represent a contemporary South.