New England's Gothic literature

history and folklore of the supernatural from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries

Author: Faye Ringel

Publisher: Edwin Mellen Pr


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 266

View: 6927

This comprehensive comparative approach to the folklore, fantasy, and horror literature of New England stretches from the earliest European exploration to Stephen King, John Updike, and Shirley Jackson. Includes interviews with Les Daniels, Grandt, and other horror writers who reside or set their stories in New England.
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A Research Guide to Gothic Literature in English

Print and Electronic Sources

Author: Sherri L. Brown,Carol Senf,Ellen J. Stockstill

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442277483

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 252

View: 2295

A Research Guide to Gothic Literature in English covers Gothic cultural artifacts such as literature, film, graphic novels, and videogames. This authoritative guide equips researchers with valuable recent information about noteworthy resources that they can use to study the Gothic effectively and thoroughly.
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Editorial cartoons through illustration

Author: M. Thomas Inge,Dennis Hall

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780313323683

Category: Social Science

Page: 11

View: 413

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Historical Dictionary of Gothic Literature

Author: William Hughes

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0810872285

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 347

View: 954

The Historical Dictionary of Gothic Literature covers its history through a chronology, an introductory essay, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 200 cross-referenced entries on the core texts, central authors, and the recurrent conventions that have distinguished writing in the genre for 250 years. This book is an ideal access point for students, researchers, or anyone interested in the history of Gothic Literature.
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The Encyclopedia of the Gothic

Author: William Hughes,David Punter,Andrew Smith

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119210410

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 912

View: 5331

The Encylopedia of the Gothic features a series of newly-commissioned essays from experts in Gothic studies that cover all aspects of the Gothic as it is currently taught and researched, along with the development of the genre and its impact on contemporary culture. Comprises over 200 newly commissioned entries written by a stellar cast of over 130 experts in the field Arranged in A-Z format across two fully cross-referenced volumes Represents the definitive reference guide to all aspects of the Gothic Provides comprehensive coverage of relevant authors, national traditions, critical developments, and notable texts that define, shape, and inform the genre Extends beyond a purely literary analysis to explore Gothic elements of film, music, drama, art, and architecture. Explores the development of the genre and its impact on contemporary culture
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St. James Guide to Horror, Ghost & Gothic Writers

Author: David Pringle

Publisher: St James Press


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 746

View: 8292

Provides background information and a critical evaluation of authors of horror, ghost and gothic fiction, and lists each author's works in these fields and in other genres.
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Gothic Literature 1764-1824

Author: Carol Margaret Davison

Publisher: University of Wales Press

ISBN: 0708322611

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 368

View: 1291

This title offers a detailed yet accessible introduction to classic British Gothic literature and the popular sub-category of the Female Gothic designed for the student reader. Works by such classic Gothic authors as Horace Walpole, Matthew Lewis, Ann Radcliffe, William Godwin, and Mary Shelley are examined against the backdrop of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British social and political history and significant intellectual/cultural developments. Identification and interpretation of the Gothic’s variously reconfigured major motifs and conventions is provided alongside suggestions for further critical reading, a timeline of notable Gothic-related publications, and consideration of various theoretical approaches.
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Into Darkness Peering

Race and Color in the Fantastic

Author: Elisabeth Anne Leonard

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 198

View: 2630

Examines the treatment of racial issues in works of science fiction and fantasy.
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The Gothic Child

Author: Margarita Georgieva

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137306076

Category: Social Science

Page: 220

View: 5219

Fascination with the dark and death threats are now accepted features of contemporary fantasy and fantastic fictions for young readers. These go back to the early gothic genre in which child characters were extensively used by authors. The aim of this book is to rediscover the children in their work.
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The Sublime in the English Gothic Novel: Horace Walpole ́s The Castle of Otranto

Author: Carolin Kollwitz

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3638187810

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 13

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Seminar paper from the year 2003 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2,0 (B), Humboldt-University of Berlin (Institute for Anglistics/ American Studies), course: HS Novels of the Romatic Period, 10 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: In this paper I will examine the Gothic sublime by using the example of Horace Walpole ́s novel The Castle of Otranto. I want to examine the features of the Gothic sublime: what was new and different about it? how is this reflected in the novel?; in order to prove the importance of Walpole ́s work. It marks, in a certain aspect, a turning point in literature, since it is regarded the first Gothic novel. I will argue that the horror as developed in The Castle of Otranto is not simply based upon the appearance of ghosts and supernatural events, but rather a subtle kind of horror. Firstly, an introduction into the Gothic novel in general, its characteristic features, and the examination of the cultural background of English Gothic fiction shall give a brief overview over the topic. Secondly, I will examine the means by which Walpole evokes fear in the reader, and the effects they had.
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Edmund Burke's Theory of the Sublime and It's Reflection in Gothic Fiction: Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein"

Author: Alexandra Koch

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3656249156

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 19

View: 7117

Seminar paper from the year 2011 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, RWTH Aachen University, language: English, abstract: Many authors would agree that Frankenstein is one of the most famous Gothic tales of all time. It was first published in 1818 and is famous for its descriptions of landscape and nature, as well as its prophetic dimension. More than 60 years before the novel was published, Edmund Burke set out to analyze the sublime. By doing so, he actually took an important step towards founding the genre Shelley engaged in, in writing Frankenstein. His A Philosophical Inquiry into the Origins of our Ideas of the Beautiful and the Sublime published in 1757 became a great success. This term paper sets out to shed light on a number of problem areas concerning the connection between Shelley’s novel and Burke’s theory of the sublime. The paper arose out of the Proseminar ‘Gothic Literatur’ by XY, M.A. in the Summer Semester 2011 at RWTH University Aachen. During the course, different topics concerning the Gothic novel were discussed in combination with four of the most famous novels belonging to the genre. Among them was Frankenstein as a novel and ‘Burke’s Theory of the Sublime and Its Reflection in the Gothic Fiction’ as a topic. The central question to be examined in this paper is how Burke’s theory of the sublime is reflected in Shelley‘s Gothic novel. Further questions to be dealt with in this term paper are: what is the Burkean sublime? What was new and different about Burke’s concept of the Sublime – as the Sublime itself is by no means a groundbreaking, new concept. Does Shelley intentionally incorporate sublime features in her novel or comment on the use of Burke’s theory? Is there a social dimension to Burke’s theory? In what way does the novel reflect the sublime? Is a sense of the sublime only conveyed through descriptions of nature? ... The first part of the term paper presents Burke’s theory of the sublime, an analysis of the connection between Shelley and the sublime and an analysis of the social dimension of the sublime. The next part is going to shed light on how Frankenstein as a Gothic novel reflects elements of Burke’s theory of the sublime. A fuller discussion including an analysis of all scenes displaying sublime elements would go beyond the range of the paper. In this matter only five scenes were chosen. Those scenes are significant for the plot development, as well as they help to support the line of argumentation. Eventually, a conclusion will be drawn.
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Author: Daphne du Maurier

Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag

ISBN: 3458744827

Category: Fiction

Page: 450

View: 5707

In einem Hotel an der Côte d’Azur lernt Maxim de Winter eine junge Frau aus einfachen Verhältnissen kennen. Die beiden verlieben sich, und schon nach kurzer Zeit nimmt sie seinen Heiratsantrag an und folgt dem Witwer nach Cornwall auf seinen prachtvollen Landsitz Manderley. Doch das Glück der Frischvermählten währt nicht lange: Der Geist von Maxims toter Ehefrau Rebecca ist allgegenwärtig, und die ihr ergebene Haushälterin macht der neuen Herrin das Leben zur Hölle, sie droht nicht nur die Liebe des Paares zu zerstören. Als ein Jahr später plötzlich doch noch Rebeccas Leiche gefunden wird, gerät Maxim de Winter unter Mordverdacht ... Rebecca, Daphne du Mauriers berühmtester Roman, war bereits bei seinem Erscheinen 1938 ein Bestseller. Er wurde mehrfach verfilmt: 1940 entstand unter der Regie von Alfred Hitchcock die bekannteste Adaption, die mit zwei Oscars prämiert wurde.
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R.E.M.'s Murmur

Author: J. Niimi

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780826416728

Category: Music

Page: 144

View: 1442

R.E.M.'s debut album, released in 1983, was so far removed from the prevailing trends of American popular music that it still sounds miraculous and out of time today. J. Niimi tells the story of the album's genesis - with fascinating input from Don Dixon and Mitch Easter. He also investigates Michael Stipe's hypnotic, mysterious lyrics, and makes the case for Murmur as a work of Southern Gothic art. EXCEPRT: In the course of an interview that took place some twenty years ago, Michael Stipe made passing reference to an essay that had a deep impact on him. It's what came to his mind when, after having been harangued by fans and journalists alike about Murmur's lyrics, already grown weary from having to continually entertain their broad speculations, he finally threw up his hands. "Anyone who really wants to figure out the words to our songs should probably read this essay, then go back and listen," Stipe told the interviewer. "It talks about how people misinterpret something that's being said, and come up with a little phrase or word that actually defines the essence of what the original was better than the original did." What Stipe was trying to say is that if you want answers to R.E.M., you're not only looking in the wrong place, you're also asking the wrong questions.
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The Representation of Men in the English Gothic Novel, 1762-1820

Author: Kate E. Behr

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780773470163

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 257

View: 9229

Goes beyond the conventional stereotypes of the Gothic to reach a number of convincing reassessments of both gender and genre in this context.
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The Vampire as Numinous Experience

Spiritual Journeys with the Undead in British and American Literature

Author: Beth E. McDonald

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786419474

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

View: 8985

This critical work examines the vampire as a spiritual figure - whether literal or metaphorical - analyzing how the use of the vampire in literature has served to convey both a human sense of alienation from the divine and a desire to overcome that alienation. While expressing isolation, the vampire also represents the transcendent agent through which individuals and societies must confront questions about innate good, or evil, and belief in the divine and the afterlife. Textual experiences of the numinous in the form of the vampire propel the subject on a spiritual journey involving both psychological and religious qualities. Through this journey, the reader and the main character may begin to understand the value of their existence and the divine. A variety of works, poetry and fiction by British and American authors, is discussed, with particular concentration on Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," Bram Stoker's Dracula, and Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, as representative of the Romantic, Victorian, and late twentieth century periods of literature. A conclusion looks at the future of the literary vampire.
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Das Groteske und seine Gestaltung in der Gothic Novel

Untersuchungen zur Struktur und Funktion einer ästhetischen Kategorie

Author: Manfred Schumacher

Publisher: N.A


Category: Gothic revival (Literature)

Page: 405

View: 4197

Das Interesse für das Groteske, von Wolfgang Kayser vor gut dreißig Jahren in der Literaturwissenschaft neu entfacht, hält nach wie vor an. In der vorliegenden Studie wird am Beispiel der Gothic Novel eine Theorie des Grotesken entwickelt, die zeitgebundene wie auch zeitlose Momente einbezieht. Neben den Romanen der «Gothic novelists» des ausgehenden 18. und beginnenden 19. Jahrhunderts - Walpole, Radcliffe, Beckford, Lewis, Godwin, M. Shelley, Maturin, Hogg - werden auch ausgewählte Werke zweier Vertreter der späteren literarischen Gotik behandelt - Emily Brontë und E.A. Poe.
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Die Freunde von Eddie Coyle

Author: George V Higgins

Publisher: Antje Kunstmann

ISBN: 3888979137

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

View: 3216

Dem kleinkriminellen Waffenschieber Eddie »Fingers« Coyle droht der Bau, und Detective Dave Foley, sein Freund und Helfer bei der Polizei, stellt ihn vor eine schwierige Wahl: Die einzige Möglichkeit, dem Knast zu entgehen, ist, einen von seinen guten Kunden zu verpfeifen. Doch wer von den unzähligen Gangstern, die Eddie Coyle seine Freunde nennt, muss dran glauben? Für Jimmy Scalisi, einen skrupellosen Mobster mit besten Verbindungen, hat Coyle die Knarren für eine Serie von brutalen Banküberfällen besorgt. Von Jackie Brown erwartet Coyle eine neue Lieferung, ein ganz großes Ding, Maschinenpistolen für ein paar politische sehr Engagierte. Und dann ist da noch Dillon, in dessen Bar Kontakte geknüpft und Geschäfte gemacht werden. In Eddie Coyles Welt wäscht zwar eine Hand die andere, aber hier spielt jeder sein eigenes Spiel ...
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America's Gothic Fiction

The Legacy of Magnalia Christi Americana

Author: Dorothy Zayatz Baker

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780814210604

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 161

View: 9439

"Secretary to the Salem witch trials, Cotton Mather is the most reviled of our national historians. Yet James Russell Lowell admitted that "with all his faults, that conceited old pedant contrived to make one of the most entertaining books ever written on this side of the water." In America's Gothic Fiction, Dorothy Z. Baker investigates the ways in which nineteenth-century authors Edgar Allan Poe, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Nathaniel Hawthorne, among others, look to Mather's Magnalia Christi Americana at critical moments in their work and refashion his historical accounts as gothic fiction." "Cotton Mather's 1702 Magnalia captured the imagination of its readers more than any other colonial history and impressed Americans with its message of American exceptionalism and God's dramatic intervention on behalf of the country and its citizens. Poe, Stowe, and Hawthorne have radically divergent responses to Mather's theology, historiography, and literary forms. However, each takes up Mather's themes and forms and, in distinct ways, interrogates the providence tales in Magnalia Christi Americana as foundational statements about American history and identity."--BOOK JACKET.
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