The Cambridge Companion to Gothic Fiction

Author: Jerrold E. Hogle

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521794664

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 327

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Provides a survey of literary gothicism from its origins in Renaissance revenge tragedy, through eighteenth century novels and plays, to nineteenth and twentieth century film and fiction.

The Cambridge Companion to Gothic Fiction

Author: Jerrold E. Hogle

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107494486

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 354

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Gothic as a form of fiction-making has played a major role in Western culture since the late eighteenth century. In this volume, fourteen world-class experts on the Gothic provide thorough and revealing accounts of this haunting-to-horrifying type of fiction from the 1760s (the decade of The Castle of Otranto, the first so-called 'Gothic story') to the end of the twentieth century (an era haunted by filmed and computerized Gothic simulations). Along the way, these essays explore the connections of Gothic fictions to political and industrial revolutions, the realistic novel, the theatre, Romantic and post-Romantic poetry, nationalism and racism from Europe to America, colonized and post-colonial populations, the rise of film and other visual technologies, the struggles between 'high' and 'popular' culture, changing psychological attitudes towards human identity, gender and sexuality, and the obscure lines between life and death, sanity and madness. The volume also includes a chronology and guides to further reading.

The Cambridge Companion to the Modern Gothic

Author: Jerrold E. Hogle

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1316194353

Category: Literary Criticism

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This Companion explores the many ways in which the Gothic has dispersed in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and in particular how it has come to offer a focus for the tensions inherent in modernity. Fourteen essays by world-class experts show how the Gothic in numerous forms - including literature, film, television, and cyberspace - helps audiences both to distance themselves from and to deal with some of the key underlying problems of modern life. Topics discussed include the norms and shifting boundaries of sex and gender, the explosion of different forms of media and technology, the mixture of cultures across the western world, the problem of identity for the modern individual, what people continue to see as evil, and the very nature of modernity. Also including a chronology and guide to further reading, this volume offers a comprehensive account of the importance of Gothic to modern life and thought.

The Cambridge Companion to American Gothic

Author: Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107117143

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 268

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This Companion offers a thorough overview of the diversity of the American Gothic tradition from its origins to the present.

The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature

Author: Edward James,Farah Mendlesohn

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107493730

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 298

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Fantasy is a creation of the Enlightenment, and the recognition that excitement and wonder can be found in imagining impossible things. From the ghost stories of the Gothic to the zombies and vampires of twenty-first-century popular literature, from Mrs Radcliffe to Ms Rowling, the fantastic has been popular with readers. Since Tolkien and his many imitators, however, it has become a major publishing phenomenon. In this volume, critics and authors of fantasy look at its history since the Enlightenment, introduce readers to some of the different codes for the reading and understanding of fantasy, and examine some of the many varieties and subgenres of fantasy; from magical realism at the more literary end of the genre, to paranormal romance at the more popular end. The book is edited by the same pair who produced The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction (winner of a Hugo Award in 2005).

The Cambridge Companion to Fiction in the Romantic Period

Author: Richard Maxwell,Katie Trumpener

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139827911

Category: Literary Criticism

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While poetry has been the genre most closely associated with the Romantic period, the novel of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries has attracted many more readers and students in recent years. Its canon has been widened to include less well known authors alongside Jane Austen, Walter Scott, Maria Edgeworth and Thomas Love Peacock. Over the last generation, especially, a remarkable range of popular works from the period have been re-discovered and reread intensively. This Companion offers an overview of British fiction written between roughly the mid-1760s and the early 1830s and is an ideal guide to the major authors, historical and cultural contexts, and later critical reception. The contributors to this volume represent the most up-to-date directions in scholarship, charting the ways in which the period's social, political and intellectual redefinitions created new fictional subjects, forms and audiences.

The Cambridge Companion to the Irish Novel

Author: John Wilson Foster

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521679961

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 286

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This is the perfect overview of the Irish novel from the seventeenth century to the present day.

The Cambridge Companion to the Novel

Author: Eric Bulson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108694381

Category: Literary Criticism

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This Companion focuses on the novel as a global genre with a 2,000-year history. The first section includes an examination of the various genres out of which it emerged (epic, history, romance, the picaresque) and the different ways in which fiction and realism (magical, hyper, and social) were developed in response to specific political, social, and economic forces. The second section focuses on how the novel works, considering how it has played a crucial role in the formation of more abstract social, political, and familial identities. The third section considers what the novel has become and will continue to become in the twenty-first century. It examines the recent interest in graphic novels as well as data, digitization, and a global literary marketplace's role in shaping the future of the novel. This book will be a key resource for students and scholars studying the novel as a genre.

The Cambridge Companion to American Fiction After 1945

Author: John N. Duvall

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521196310

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 271

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A comprehensive 2011 guide to the genres, historical contexts, cultural diversity and major authors of American fiction since the Second World War.

The Cambridge Companion to Popular Fiction

Author: David Glover,Scott McCracken

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521513375

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 225

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An overview of popular literature from the early nineteenth century to the present day from a historical and comparative perspective.

The Cambridge Companion to the Victorian Novel

Author: Deirdre David

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107495644

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 287

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In the Victorian period, the British novel reached a wide readership and played a major role in the shaping of national and individual identity. As we come to understand the ways the novel contributed to public opinion on religion, gender, sexuality and race, we continue to be entertained and enlightened by the works of Dickens, George Eliot, Thackeray, Trollope and many others. This second edition of the Companion to the Victorian Novel has been updated fully, taking account of new research and critical methodologies. There are four new chapters and the others have been thoroughly updated, as has the guide to further reading. Designed to appeal to students, teachers and readers, these essays reflect the latest approaches to reading and understanding Victorian fiction.

The Cambridge Companion to Frankenstein

Author: Andrew Smith

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1316760464

Category: Literary Criticism

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The Cambridge Companion to Frankenstein consists of sixteen original essays on Mary Shelley's novel by leading scholars, providing an invaluable introduction to Frankenstein and its various critical contexts. Theoretically informed but accessibly written, this volume relates Frankenstein to various social, literary, scientific and historical contexts, and outlines how critical theories such as ecocriticism, posthumanism, and queer theory generate new and important discussion in illuminating ways. The volume also explores the cultural afterlife of the novel including its adaptations in various media such as drama, film, television, graphic novels, and literature aimed at children and young adults. Written by an international team of leading experts, the essays provide new insights into the novel and the various critical approaches which can be applied to it. The volume is an essential guide to students and academics who are interested in Frankenstein and who wish to know more about its complex literary history.

The Cambridge Companion to Sensation Fiction

Author: Andrew Mangham

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521760747

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 253

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In 1859 the popular novelist Wilkie Collins wrote of a ghostly woman, dressed from head to toe in white garments, laying her cold, thin hand on the shoulder of a young man as he walked home late one evening. His novel The Woman in White became hugely successful and popularised a style of writing that came to be known as sensation fiction. This Companion highlights the energy, the impact and the inventiveness of the novels that were written in 'sensational' style, including the work of Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Mrs Henry Wood and Florence Marryat. It contains fifteen specially-commissioned essays and includes a chronology and a guide to further reading. Accessible yet rigorous, this Companion questions what influenced the shape and texture of the sensation novel, and what its repercussions were both in the nineteenth century and up to the present day.

The Cambridge Companion to British Romantic Poetry

Author: Maureen N. McLane

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139827901

Category: Literary Criticism

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More than any other period of British literature, Romanticism is strongly identified with a single genre. Romantic poetry has been one of the most enduring, best loved, most widely read and most frequently studied genres for two centuries and remains no less so today. This Companion offers a comprehensive overview and interpretation of the poetry of the period in its literary and historical contexts. The essays consider its metrical, formal, and linguistic features; its relation to history; its influence on other genres; its reflections of empire and nationalism, both within and outside the British Isles; and the various implications of oral transmission and the rapid expansion of print culture and mass readership. Attention is given to the work of less well-known or recently rediscovered authors, alongside the achievements of some of the greatest poets in the English language: Wordsworth, Coleridge, Blake, Scott, Burns, Keats, Shelley, Byron and Clare.

The Cambridge Companion to European Novelists

Author: Michael Bell

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521515041

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 456

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A survey of 25 major European novelists from Cervantes to Kundera, highlighting their contributions to the genre.