제목 : “Only the First of Many”: Repetition and Subversion in American Horror Story: Murder House
- 저자 : Yaeri Kim     - 조회수 : 796  - Download : 21
- 참 조 : 영미문학페미니즘 제22권 3호(2014)  
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The centrality of the family and of the house as the space of domesticity in the Anglo-American bourgeois patriarchy has led to the proliferation of the haunted house narrative in various media. American Horror Story: The Murder House, a highly popular horror television series broadcast on FX in 2011, is one of the most successful examples among contemporary texts. Its success is partly due to the narrative specificity of the television series, which is characterized by the excess and repetition. This article argues that American Horror Story fully utilizes these characteristics to subvert the conventions of the traditional haunted house narratives, where a family experiences the transformation of their ideal home to a place of nightmare. Through the narrative where a significant number of characters in different generations are repeatedly destroyed by their own or others’ desires to establish or maintain an ideal home and family, American Horror Story critiques the destructiveness of the patriarchal family ideology and dismantles the culturally assumed belief in the heteronormative family as the foundation of safety and individual happiness.


Key Words: American Horror Story, gothic television, horror, television studies, popular culture, family, haunted house



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