Gothic Realities

The Impact of Horror Fiction on Modern Culture

Author: L. Andrew Cooper

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786457885

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 248

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Eighteenth-century critics believed Gothic fiction would inspire deviant sexuality, instill heretical beliefs, and encourage antisocial violence—this book puts these beliefs to the test. After examining the assumptions behind critics’ fears, it considers nineteenth-century concerns about sexual deviance, showing how Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dorian Gray, and other works helped construct homosexuality as a pathological, dangerous phenomenon. It then turns to television and film, particularly Buffy the Vampire Slayer and David DeCoteau’s direct-to-video movies, to trace Gothicized sexuality’s lasting impact. Moving to heretical beliefs, Gothic Realities surveys ghost stories from Dickens’s A Christmas Carol to Poltergeist, articulating the relationships between fiction and the “real” supernatural. Finally, it considers connections between Gothic horror and real-world violence, especially the tragedies at Columbine and Virginia Tech.
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Gothic Hauntings

Melancholy Crypts and Textual Ghosts

Author: Christine Berthin

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230275125

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 188

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What is buried in the crypts of the Gothic? Building on psychoanalytic research on haunting, cryptonymy and melancholy, as well as on French philosophies of language, this book explores how haunting is not just a Gothic narrative device but the symptom of an impossibility of representation and of an irreparable loss at the heart of language.
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Nineteenth-century Literature Criticism

Author: Laurie Lanzen Harris

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literature, Modern

Page: N.A

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Excerpts from criticism of the works of novelists, poets, playwrights, short story writers and other creative writers who lived between 1800 and 1900, from the first published critical appraisals to current evaluations.
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The Female Thermometer

Eighteenth-century Culture and the Invention of the Uncanny

Author: Terry Castle

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 019508098X

Category: History

Page: 278

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The work of leading scholar Terry Castle, called by the New York Times "always engaging...consistently fascinating," has helped to revolutionize eighteenth-century studies. The Female Thermometer brings together Castle's essays on the phantasmagoric side of eighteenth-century literature and culture. Taking as her emblem the fanciful "female thermometer," an imaginary instrument invented by eighteenth-century satirists to measure levels of female sexual arousal, Castle explores what she calls the "impinging strangeness" of the eighteenth-century imagination--the ways in which the rationalist imperatives of the age paradoxically worked to produce what Freud would later call the uncanny. In essays on doubling and fantasy in the novels of Defoe and Richardson, sexual impersonators and the dream-like world of the eighteenth-century masquerade, magic-lantern shows, automata, and other surreal inventions of Enlightenment science, and the hallucinatory obsessions of Gothic fiction, Castle offers a haunting portrait of a remarkable epoch. Her collection explores the links between material culture, gender, and the rise of modern forms and formulas of subjectivity, effectively rewriting the cultural history of modern Europe from a materialist and feminist perspective.
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Dracula, l'œuvre de Bram Stoker et le film de Francis F. Coppola

Author: Gilles Menegaldo,Dominique Sipière,Elyette Benjamin-Labarthe

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 379

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Le vampire est le monstre mythique le plus vivace du vingtième siècle, le plus plastique aussi. Venu du folklore et du fond des âges, il n'a jamais cessé de faire retour en littérature, au théâtre, mais surtout au cinéma. Dracula en est la figure la plus emblématique. Ce " revenant en corps " dépourvu de reflet nous tend un miroir. Car chacun a vu Dracula à sa porte : après le mépris et la condescendance des débuts, le roman de Stoker a été relu comme un aveu à demi conscient des contradictions victoriennes - sur la société, sur la sexualité, sur le pouvoir et sur I 'Empire - bref un mythe de l'angoisse et du désir transgressif. Mais le regard daté s'est bientôt retourné sur les lecteurs et les spectateurs eux-mêmes et l'universalité du mythe s'est imposée, suscitant de nouvelles approches critiques. Un siècle de cinéma, de distorsions, d'appropriations et de clairs-obscurs fait encore scintiller la magie de ce texte fondateur. Le film de Francis Ford Coppola, qui prétend rendre justice au roman, interroge en vérité l'idée même d'adaptation : à la fois somme, retour, retournement et détournement, Bram Stoker's Dracula est ici l'occasion de stimulants va-et-vient entre le livre et le film, dont l'objet central reste peut-être le mystère même de leur séduction.
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The Oxford Companion to English Literature

Author: Dinah Birch

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0192806874

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 1164

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Written by a team of more than 150 contributors working under the direction of Dinah Birch, and ranging in influence from Homer to the Mahabharata, this guide provides the reader with a comprehensive coverage of all aspects of English literature.
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