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Schoolhouse Gothic: Haunted Hallways and Predatory Pedagogues in Late Twentieth-Century American Literature and Scholarship Hardcover – January 11, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1847189936 ISBN-10: 1847189938 Edition: new

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  • Hardcover: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing; new edition (January 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847189938
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847189936
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Sherry R. Truffin is an Associate Professor of English at Tiffin University in northwest Ohio, where she teaches courses in Womenâs Literature, Modern and Postmodern Fiction, the History of the English Language, and English Grammar and Composition. She has published essays on works by James Baldwin, Stephen King, and Chuck Palahniuk, as well as on the television series The X-Files.

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By K. L. Poe on September 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Schoolhouse Gothic: Haunted Hallways and Predatory Pedagogues in Late Twentieth-Century American Literature and Scholarship is an excellent example of how to approach literary criticism. The author makes her case in the first chapter by carefully explaining her methodology and clearly defining the term "schoolhouse gothic." Because of this careful and extremely clear introduction, the reader is able to follow her analysis of various works with ease and deeper understanding than many books of literary criticism allow. Although of course the intended audience for this book is those who study literature, those outside of academia will also find this a helpful companion to their reading of the texts examined here. Its practical approach makes this a most accessible book.

Among the works examined, all but Flannery O'Connor are living authors. I would like to think that Stephen King, David Mamet, Joyce Carol Oates, and especially Toni Morrison would appreciate Truffin's thoughtful analysis of their work. Truffin's discussion of schoolhouse gothicism in Beloved is one of the best parts of the book, because we tend not to think of formal education as being a part of Morrison's novel.

This book is a perfect example of what literary analysis can be at its best and most useful. Rather than confounding the reader with dense, impenetrable prose, Truffin strikes a balance between rigor and accessibility that is often lacking in literary criticism. I look forward to reading more of her work!
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