"A Hideous Bit of Morbidity": An Anthology of Horror Criticism from the Enlightenment to World War I

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Jason Colavito
McFarland, 24 нояб. 2008 г. - Всего страниц: 384
Horror fiction stormed the bestseller lists with classics like Rosemary's Baby and The Exorcist, setting the stage for Stephen King's worldwide popularity, but the genre has literary roots going back centuries. This collection provides insight into the way classic horror texts were received, interpreted and discussed by the first generations to experience them, ideas that continue to define the way modern society views horror. Each reprinted article, review or critical essay is prefaced with an introduction and explanatory notes to put the work in context. The book also includes an overview of horror criticism, a publication timeline, and period photographs and illustrations.
 

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Introduction
1
A Note on the Text
11
1 Fear Terror and the Supernatural
13
2 The Gothics and Their Successors
37
3 Poe and His Successors
108
4 Monsters of the Gilded Age
164
5 Fin de Siècle Science Detection and Terror
209
6 Ghosts and Kindred Horrors
265
7 Toward a Horror Genre
337
Timeline of Major Works of Horror
367
Index
369
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Jason Colavito is also a frequent contributor to Skeptic magazine, and has earned praise from Archaeology magazine for his archaeology writing. He lives in Delmar, New York and can be found online at www.JasonColavito.com.

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