Citation Edwards J & Vasconselos SGT (eds.) (2016) Tropical Gothic in Literature and Culture: The Americas. London: Routledge.
Abstract Tropical Gothic examines Gothic within a speci c geographical area of ‘the South’ of the Americas. In so doing, we structure the book around geographical coordi- nates (from North to South) and move among various national traditions of the gothic (Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil, etc.) alongside regional manifestations of the Gothic (the U.S. south and the Caribbean) as well as transnational movements of the Gothic within the Americas. The re ections on national traditions of the Gothic in this volume add to the critical body of literature on speci c languages or partic- ular nations, such as Scottish Gothic, American Gothic, Canadian Gothic, German Gothic, Kiwi Gothic, etc. This is signi cant because, while the Southern Gothic in the U.S. has been thoroughly explored, there is a gap in the critical literature about the Gothic in the larger context of region of ‘the South’ in the Americas. This vol- ume does not pretend to be a comprehensive examination of tropical Gothic in the Americas; rather, it pinpoints a variety of locations where this form of the Gothic emerges. In so doing, the transnational interventions of the Gothic in this book read the ows of Gothic forms across borders and geographical regions to tease out the complexities of Gothic cultural production within cultural and linguistic transla- tions. Tropical Gothic includes, but is by no means limited to, a re ection on a region where European colonial powers fought intensively against indigenous popu- lations and against each other for control of land and resources. In the cases of other regions, vast populations of slaves were transported here, endowing these lands with a cultural heritage that all the nations involved are still trying to comprehend. The volume re ects on how these histories in uence the Gothic in this region.
Keywords Gothic, Tropics, Americas, Literature, Film