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Horror : a literary history
by Aldana Reyes, Xavier, editor

9780712356084Xavier Aldana Reyes (Editor)Horror: A Literary HistoryHorror is unlike any other literary genre. It seeks to provoke uniquely strong reactions, such as fear, shock, dread or disgust, and yet remains very popular. Horror is most readily associated with the film industry, but horrific short stories and novels have been wildly loved by readers for well over two centuries. Despite its persistent popularity, until now there has been no up-to-date history of horror fiction for the general reader. This book offers a chronological overview of the genre in fiction and explores its development and mutations over the past 250 years. It also challenges the common misjudgement that horror fiction is necessarily frivolous or dispensable. Leading experts on Gothic and horror literature introduce readers to classics of the genre as well as exciting texts they may not have encountered before. The topics examined include: horror's roots in the Gothic romance and antebellum American fiction; the penny dreadful and sensation novels of Victorian England; fin-de-siècle ghost stories; decadent fiction and the weird; the familial horrors of the Cold War era; the publishing boom of the 1980s; the establishment of contemporary horror auteurs; and the post-millennial zombie trend. - Description from Syndetics

Bloom's how to write about Edgar Allan Poe
by Amper, Susan. Bloom, Harold

9780791094884Susan AmperBloom's How to Write about Edgar Allan PoeEdgar Allan Poe revolutionised literature by inventing the modern detective story and horror genre with such immortal works as "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Pit and the Pendulum," and "The Fall of the House of Usher." He is also known for his haunting poetry, which includes the classics "The Raven" and "Annabel Lee." Bloom's "How to Write about Edgar Allan Poe" offers valuable paper-topic suggestions, clearly outlined strategies on how to write a strong essay, and an insightful introduction by Harold Bloom on writing about Poe. This new volume is designed to help students develop their analytical writing skills and critical comprehension of this important author's turbulent life and unforgettable works. - Description from Syndetics

The philosophy of horror
by Fahy, Thomas Richard

9780813173702Thomas Fahy (Contribution by, Editor); Phillip J. Nickel (Contribution by); Jessica O'Hara (Contribution by); Lorena Russell (Contribution by); Philip Tallon (Contribution by); Paul A. Cantor (Contribution by); Susann B. Cokal (Contribution by); Robert Gross (Contribution by); Ann C. Hall (Contribution by); David Johnston (Contribution by); Amy Kind (Contribution by); John Lutz (Contribution by); Jeremy Morris (Contribution by)The Philosophy of HorrorSitting on pins and needles, anxiously waiting to see what will happen next, horror audiences crave the fear and exhilaration generated by a terrifying story; their anticipation is palpable. But they also breathe a sigh of relief when the action is over, when they are able to close their books or leave the movie theater. Whether serious, kitschy, frightening, or ridiculous, horror not only arouses the senses but also raises profound questions about fear, safety, justice, and suffering. From literature and urban legends to film and television, horror's ability to thrill has made it an integral part of modern entertainment. Thomas Fahy and twelve other scholars reveal the underlying themes of the genre in The Philosophy of Horror. Examining the evolving role of horror, the contributing authors investigate works such as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1818), horror films of the 1930s, Stephen King's novels, Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of The Shining (1980), and Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960). Also examined are works that have largely been ignored in philosophical circles, including Truman Capote's In Cold Blood (1965), Patrick Süskind's Perfume (1985), and James Purdy's Narrow Rooms (2005). The analysis also extends to contemporary forms of popular horror and "torture-horror" films of the last decade, including Saw (2004), Hostel (2005), The Devil's Rejects (2005), and The Hills Have Eyes (2006), as well as the ongoing popularity of horror on the small screen. The Philosophy of Horror celebrates the strange, compelling, and disturbing elements of horror, drawing on interpretive approaches such as feminist, postcolonial, Marxist, and psychoanalytic criticism. The book invites readers to consider horror's various manifestations and transformations since the late 1700s, probing its social, cultural, and political functions in today's media-hungry society. - Description from Syndetics

Shirley Jackson's American gothic
by Hattenhauer, Darryl

9781417519316Darryl HattenhauerShirley Jackson's American GothicBest known for her short story The Lottery and her novel The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson produced a body of work that is more varied and complex than critics have realized. In fact, as Darryl Hattenhauer argues here, Jackson was one of the few writers to anticipate the transition from modernism to postmodernism, and therefore ranks among the most significant writers of her time. The first comprehensive study of all of Jackson s fiction, Shirley Jackson s American Gothic offers readers the chance not only to rediscover her work, but also to see how and why a major American writer was passed over for inclusion in the canon of American literature. - Description from Syndetics

The tell-tale art : Poe in modern popular culture
by Jackson, Christine A., 1951-

9780786463183Christine A. JacksonThe Tell-Tale Art: Poe in Modern Popular CultureGreed and guilt, near-indecipherable codes, murder plots born of madness--these motifs drive the best modern mysteries, but they are rooted in the early nineteenth century and the carefully constructed fiction of Edgar Allan Poe. Poe's methods of storytelling and suspense remain relevant, reappearing in detective novels and on screens large and small. This work examines a wide selection of today's mystery and thriller novels, films, television programs, and video games to explore Poe's ongoing influence on popular entertainment. Authors such as Michael Connelly, Stieg Larsson and Dennis Lehane, television shows like The Closer and Dexter , and movies from Laura and Vertigo to Shutter Island and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo all receive attention. The popularity of Poe's narratives in these contemporary guises is testimony to his visionary genius. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here . - Description from Syndetics

Edgar Allan Poe : beyond gothicism
by Johnson, Claudia Durst, 1938-

9780737750164Claudia Durst JohnsonSocial and Psychological Disorder in the Works of Edgar Allan PoeMany have heard the beating of the Tell-Tale Heart or the screams of the man Montresor buried alive in The Cask of Amontillado, but few readers understand Edgar Allan Poe's motives for such chilling tales and poems. Macabre, elusive, and even sometimes supernatural, Poe's taste for the darkness, in many ways, pioneered the detective story. This compelling volume interprets Poe's expansive canon through the lens of social and psychological disorders. The book provides surprising insights into topics such as the sources of Poe's childhood despairs and his characters as self-portraits. Modern perspectives on social and psychological disorders are presented as well, touching upon subjects such as the impact of schizophrenia and what motivates people to engage in activities such as stalking. - Description from Syndetics

Poe's children : connections between tales of terror and detection
by Magistrale, Tony. Poger, Sidney

9780820440705Tony Magistrale; Sidney PogerPoe's Children: Connections Between Tales of Terror and DetectionThis study traces Edgar Allan Poe_s contribution to the Gothic tradition and his invention of the detective tale. It explores the connections between these genres in British and American writers influenced by Poe, such as Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, Thomas Harris, and Stephen King. This book also examines women writers strongly influenced by Poe, such as Joyce Carol Oates, Sara Paretsky, and Sue Grafton. The last chapter of the volume considers films _ in particular, the Roger Corman Poe series , Chinatown, Seven, and Blade Runner _ that connect the horror and detective genres. - Description from Syndetics

Shirley Jackson : essays on the literary legacy
by Murphy, Bernice M.

9780786423125Bernice M. Murphy (Editor)Shirley Jackson: Essays on the Literary LegacyShirley Jackson was one of America's most prominent female writers of the 1950s. Between 1948 and 1965 she published six novels, one best-selling story collection, two popular volumes of her family chronicles and many stories, which ranged from fairly conventional tales for the women's magazine market to the ambiguous, allusive, delicately sinister and more obviously literary stories that were closest to Jackson's heart and destined to end up in the more highbrow end of the market. Most critical discussions of Jackson tend to focus on "The Lottery" and The Haunting of Hill House. An author of such accomplishment--and one so fully engaged with the pressures and preoccupations of postwar America--merits fuller discussion. To that end, this collection of essays widens the scope of Jackson scholarship with new writing on such works as The Road through the Wall and We Have Always Lived in the Castle , and topics ranging from Jackson's domestic fiction to ethics, cosmology, and eschatology. The book also makes newly available some of the most significant Jackson scholarship published in the last two decades. - Description from Syndetics

Evermore : Edgar Allan Poe and the mystery of the universe
by Poe, Harry Lee, 1950-

9781602583221Harry Lee PoeEvermore: Edgar Allan Poe and the Mystery of the UniverseThe popular Poe-- The Raven , Tell-Tale Heart , The Black Cat --has inspired a generation of readers long disenchanted with the normative tradition of American literature. But is the popular Poe--incessantly drinking, drug-addicted, and entranced by the terror of death--the real Poe? Harry Lee Poe contends that, for more than two centuries, the great myth of Edgar Allan Poe has damaged both the popular reader's understanding of Poe's corpus and the historian's depiction of Poe's life. Through reviewing his poems and short stories, literary criticism and science fiction, Evermore reveals a Poe who is deeply confounded by the existence of evil, the truth of justice, and even the problems of love, beauty, and God. Here Poe aficionados and casual appreciators of literature alike are invited into a greater understanding of Poe's most persistent questions and offered a novel approach to reading the American literary icon. - Description from Syndetics

Thematic guide to popular short stories
by Smith, Patrick A., 1967-

9780313318979Patrick A. SmithThematic Guide to Popular Short StoriesProviding easy access to information on nearly 450 short stories, this unique guide surveys a wide spectrum of world literature, canonical works, and contemporary fiction. Librarians and teachers will find multiple purposes for this expertly-compiled resource, which can be employed in much the same way as a standard bibliography. Educators will appreciate the concise annotations, arranged alphabetically by author, that form the core of this work. Insightful critical statements synthesize plot summaries and identify the thematic content of each short story.A theme guide utilizes the nearly 100 theme headings matching those at the start of each entry, allowing the user to quickly locate story titles on related themes and construct reading lists based on individual interests and needs. Another component designed to aid librarians offers one bibliography that lists the anthologies from which the stories are drawn (Works Cited) and one comprised of a number of recent anthologies that can be adapted for the classroom (Further Reading). In addition to the theme index, the general subject and author indexes make this a user-friendly and invaluable resource. - Description from Syndetics

Poe and the subversion of American literature : satire, fantasy, critique
by Tally, Robert T., Jr.

9781623564278Robert T. TallyPoe and the Subversion of American Literature: Satire, Fantasy, CritiqueChoice Outstanding Academic Title 2014 In Poe and the Subversion of American Literature , Robert T. Tally Jr. argues that Edgar Allan Poe is best understood, not merely as a talented artist or canny magazinist, but primarily as a practical joker who employs satire and fantasy to poke fun at an emergent nationalist discourse circulating in the United States. Poe's satirical and fantastic mode, on display even in his apparently serious short stories and literary criticism, undermines the earnest attempts to establish a distinctively national literature in the nineteenth century. In retrospect, Poe's work also subtly subverts the tenets of an institutionalized American Studies in the twentieth century. Tally interprets Poe's life and works in light of his own social milieu and in relation to the disciplinary field of American literary studies, finding Poe to be neither the poète maudit of popular mythology nor the representative American writer revealed by recent scholarship. Rather, Poe is an untimely figure whose work ultimately makes a mockery of those who would seek to contain it. Drawing upon Gilles Deleuze's distinction between nomad thought and state philosophy, Tally argues that Poe's varied literary and critical writings represent an alternative to American literature. Through his satirical critique of U.S. national culture and his otherworldly projection of a postnational space of the imagination, Poe establishes a subterranean, nomadic, and altogether worldly literary practice. - Description from Syndetics

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