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American Horror Fiction : From Brockden Brown to Stephen King - Brian Docherty

American Horror Fiction

From Brockden Brown to Stephen King

By: Brian Docherty (Editor)

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Published: 1st March 1990
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This volume offers critical and theoretical perspectives on a genre which has remained popular for nearly two hundred years: American horror fiction. There are essays on Charles Brockden Brown, Edgar Allan Poe, H.P.Lovecraft, William Faulkner, Robert Bloch, Patricia Highsmith, Shirley Jackson, Stephen King and Suzy McKee Charnas, covering the period from 1798 to 1983. Each essay deals with a major figure in the genre, from Gothic orginators to modern feminist reworkings. A variety of reading strategies are employed to interrogate these texts, with feminist and psychoanalytic approaches well represented. These essays illustrate the fact that modern literary theory can usefully be applied to any text or genre. Students of horror fiction seeking new readings, and readers interested in modern approaches to literature, will find this book useful and informative. The essays are all new, and have been specially written for Insights by leading academics.

General Editor's Preface and Acknowledgements - Notes on the Contributors - Horror the Soul of the Plot: An Introduction to this Volume; B.Docherty - A Darkness Visible: The Case of Charles Brockden Brown; A.R.Lee - Poe: Rituals of Life and Death; R.Giddings - This Revolting Graveyard of the Universe: the Horror Fiction of H.P.Lovecraft; C.Bloom - The Evidence of Things Seen and Unseen: William Faulkner's Sanctuary; D.Seed - Robert Bloch's Psycho: Some Pathological Contexts; D.Punter - A Feminist Approach to Patricia Highsmith's Novels; O.L'Henry Evans - Shirley Jackson and the Reproduction of Mothering: The Haunting of Hill House and Contemporary Psychoanalytic Theory; J.Newman - Stephen King: Powers of Horror; C.Hanson - De-fanging the Vampire: S.M.Charnas' The Vampire Tapestry as subversive horror fiction; A.Cranny-Francis - Index

ISBN: 9780333461297
ISBN-10: 0333461290
Series: From Brockden Brown to Stephen King
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 180
Published: 1st March 1990
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.12
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 18