If you thought Tarah was insightful about Victorian culture, wait until you read her perspective on the Southern Gothic Genre

Southern Gothic and A Streetcar Named Desire

Southern literature was once dominated by characters that were merely stereotypes. The works thrived off of the use of southern belles and gentlemen.  This limited the dynamic of the works, however; because there was only so much that could be done with characters that were predictable. In the late 1800s, authors began to use characters of Gothic archetypes in their Southern works, creating the sub-genre of Southern Gothic literature. Tennessee Williams is one author that exemplifies this style in his works. In A Streetcar Named Desire, Williams illustrates Southern Gothic literature through his portrayal of Blanche DuBois as a grotesque personality which she exemplifies through her self-righteousness, mental disease and her standing in society. Continue reading “If you thought Tarah was insightful about Victorian culture, wait until you read her perspective on the Southern Gothic Genre”

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