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    As we stumble off into neon nights

    Kim, Jodie (2018) As we stumble off into neon nights. New Writing 15 (1), pp. 105-109. ISSN 1479-0726.

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    Abstract

    A ghost story evokes the history of black churches in the American south, culminating in a discussion of the murder of nine black parishioners at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina on 17 June 2015. Less than a month later, on the anniversary of American Independence, the Guardian published an article by author M.O. Walsh entitled ‘Why Southern Gothic Rules the World’, touting the familiar myths of authenticity and authority the genre is rooted in. This is a work of creative non-fiction placing personal memoir alongside a consideration of the Southern Gothic in popular culture. The work borrows its title from the poem ‘Safe Subjects’ by Yusef Komunyakaa, echoing the poet’s call for a confrontation of the horror and terror of being black in America.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Southern gothic, creative non-fiction, memoir, Yusef Komunyakaa
    School: School of Arts > English, Theatre and Creative Writing
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2020 17:03
    Last Modified: 12 Oct 2020 14:54
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/40794

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