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Haunted PropertySlavery and the Gothic$
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Sarah Gilbreath Ford

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496829696

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496829696.001.0001

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What the Gothic Can Do

What the Gothic Can Do

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(p.191) Epilogue What the Gothic Can Do
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Haunted Property
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Sarah Gilbreath Ford

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496829696.003.0007

While historians have lately focused on uncovering more accurate stories of slavery, this chapter argues for the crucial role of fiction in confronting slavery. The chapter explores the issue of faulty timing: the problem that the present can try to understand the past better but cannot change it. The gothic, however, combats this problem because specters do not observe temporal boundaries. The epilogue then uses Kevin Young’s poem “For the Confederate Dead” and Tracy K. Smith’s poem “Declaration” as examples of the gothic’s power to help contemporary readers both to see the ghosts of the past and to attend to their stories’ persistence in the present.

Keywords:   Kevin Young, “For the Confederate Dead”, Tracy K. Smith, “Declaration”, gothic

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