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The Gothic Vision : Three Centuries of Horror, Terror and Fear - Dani Cavallaro

The Gothic Vision

Three Centuries of Horror, Terror and Fear

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Published: 1st August 2002
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"The Gothic Vision" examines a broad range of tales of horror, terror, the uncanny and the supernatural, spanning the late 18th century to the present, and 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, whilst also focusing on the recurrence over time of themes of physical and psychological disintegration, spectrality and monstrosity. Central to the book's argument is the proposition that fear is a ubiquitous phenomenon, capable of awakening consciousness even as it appears to paralyse it. 4

"A thorough, well-written overview of Gothic literature from the publication of Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto (1764) to the present (Stephen King, Anne Rice, Patrick McGrath)....I would use it as a compulsory text for undergraduates." Anne Williams, Professor of English, University of Georgia ."..a readable, intriguing narrative... Cavallaro deploys a variety of critical theories, on the whole judiciously selecting the approach that seems well suited to the work under discussion."- Robert F. Geary, "International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, "Summer 2006, 17.2--Sanford Lakoff

Introductionp. vii
The Frame of Reference: Theoretical Debates on Horror, Terror and Fearp. 1
Darkness
Introductionp. 21
Dark Placesp. 27
Dark Timesp. 38
Dark Psychesp. 48
Haunting
Introductionp. 61
The Rhetoric of Hauntingp. 65
Spectral Formsp. 75
Haunting Settingsp. 85
Narrative and the Self
Introductionp. 97
Words and Visionsp. 103
Textual Identitiesp. 113
Storytelling as Therapyp. 123
Child and Adult
Introductionp. 135
Familiesp. 141
The Abandoned Childp. 150
Childhood and Othernessp. 160
Monstrosity
Introductionp. 171
Vampiresp. 179
Hybrid and Grotesque Bodiesp. 190
The Abjectp. 199
Epiloguep. 207
Referencesp. 215
Indexp. 229
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ISBN: 9780826456014
ISBN-10: 0826456014
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 242
Published: 1st August 2002
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1