9780826456014

The Gothic Vision Three Centuries of Horror, Terror and Fear

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  • ISBN13:

    9780826456014

  • ISBN10:

    0826456014

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2002-08-27
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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Summary

The Gothic Vision examines a broad range of tales of horror, terror, the uncanny and the supernatural, spanning the late-eighteenth century to the present, and of related theoretical approaches to the realm of dark writing. It argues that such narratives are objects for historical analysis, due to their implication in specific ideologies, while also focusing on the recurrence over time of themes of physical and psychological disintegration, spectrality and monstrosity. This is an excellent overview of a genre that is increasingly studied in literature, film, and cultural studies courses.

Author Biography

Dani Cavallaro is a freelance writer specializing in literary studies, critical and cultural theory, and the visual arts.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii
The Frame of Reference: Theoretical Debates on Horror, Terror and Fear 1(20)
Part 1: Darkness
Introduction
21(6)
Dark Places
27(11)
Dark Times
38(10)
Dark Psyches
48(17)
Part 2: Haunting
Introduction
61(4)
The Rhetoric of Haunting
65(10)
Spectral Forms
75(10)
Haunting Settings
85(18)
Part 3: Narrative and the Self
Introduction
97(6)
Words and Visions
103(10)
Textual Identities
113(10)
Storytelling as Therapy
123(18)
Part 4: Child and Adult
Introduction
135(6)
Families
141(9)
The Abandoned Child
150(10)
Childhood and Otherness
160(19)
Part 5: Monstrosity
Introduction
171(8)
Vampires
179(11)
Hybrid and Grotesque Bodies
190(9)
The Abject
199(8)
Epilogue 207(8)
References 215(14)
Index 229

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