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Art of Darkness: A Poetics of Gothic

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Texte du rabat "Art of Darkness" is an ambitious attempt to describe the principles governing Gothic literature. Ranging across fi... Lire la suite
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"Art of Darkness" is an ambitious attempt to describe the principles governing Gothic literature. Ranging across five centuries of fiction, drama, and verse--including tales as diverse as Horace Walpole's "The Castle of Otranto," Shelley's "Frankenstein," Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," and Freud's "The Mysteries of Enlightenment"--Anne Williams proposes three new premises: that Gothic is "poetic," not novelistic, in nature; that there are two parallel Gothic traditions, Male and Female; and that the Gothic and the Romantic represent a single literary tradition.Building on the psychoanalytic and feminist theory of Julia Kristeva, Williams argues that Gothic conventions such as the haunted castle and the family curse signify the fall of the patriarchal family; Gothic is therefore "poetic" in Kristeva's sense because it reveals those "others" most often identified with the female. Williams identifies distinct Male and Female Gothic traditions: In the Male plot, the protagonist faces a cruel, violent, and supernatural world, without hope of salvation. The Female plot, by contrast, asserts the power of the mind to comprehend a world which, though mysterious, is ultimately sensible. By showing how Coleridge and Keats used both Male and Female Gothic, Williams challenges accepted notions about gender and authorship among the Romantics. Lucidly and gracefully written, "Art of Darkness" alters our understanding of the Gothic tradition, of Romanticism, and of the relations between gender and genre in literary history.

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In examining the principles governing Gothic literature, this book proposes three new premises: that Gothic is poetic, not novelistic, in nature; that there are two parallel Gothic traditions - Male and Female; and that the Gothic and the Romantic represent a single literary tradition.

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Titre: Art of Darkness: A Poetics of Gothic
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Code EAN: 9780226899077
ISBN: 978-0-226-89907-7
Format: Couverture cartonnée
Editeur: Univ Of Chicago Pr
Genre: Linguistique et sciences de la littérature
nombre de pages: 319
Poids: 435g
Taille: H229mm x B152mm x T16mm
Année: 1995
Auflage: 2. A.

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