A student guide to this popular literary genre. Contains tips and further reading for successful study at undergraduate level. A series of introductory books, the Genre Series offers students, writers and academics a window into some of the most popular topics, styles and periods in literature. Designed to be user-friendly, each volume shares the same structure, including: A broad definition of the genre and its essential elements A timeline of historical developments Critical concerns to bear in mind while reading Detailed readings of several key texts In-depth analysis of major themes and issues Signposts for further study A summary of the most important criticism in the field A glossary of terms An annotated, critical reading list. Authors covered in this volume include William Peter Blatty, Ira Levine, Bram Stoker, Shirley Jackson, Angela Carter, Mary Shelley, Stephen King, Anne Rice and Washington Irving.
"The latest in the Continuum Studies in Literary Genre series, "Horror Fiction: An Introduction" follows the same nine-point structure as other volumes: a broad definition of essential elements of the genre, timeline of historical developments, critical concerns to keep in mind while reading, detailed readings of key texts, extensive analysis of major themes and issues, guidelines for further study, a summary of the most widely noted criticism in the field, a glossary of terms, and an annotated, critical reading list... A superb basic study text for novice literature students, or advanced literature students who are new to the horror genre."- "Library Bookwatch, "February 2006--Sanford Lakoff
Introduction Timeline Getting Started The Best and the Best Known Major Themes, Movements and Issues Key Questions Criticism in the Field Glossary Bibliography and Further Reading Index