The Palgrave Handbook to Horror Literature

This handbook examines the use of horror in storytelling, from oral traditions through folklore and fairy tales to contemporary horror fiction.

The Palgrave Handbook to Horror Literature

This handbook examines the use of horror in storytelling, from oral traditions through folklore and fairy tales to contemporary horror fiction. Divided into sections that explore the origins and evolution of horror fiction, the recurrent themes that can be seen in horror, and ways of understanding horror through literary and cultural theory, the text analyses why horror is so compelling, and how we should interpret its presence in literature. Chapters explore historical horror aspects including ancient mythology, medieval writing, drama, chapbooks, the Gothic novel, and literary Modernism and trace themes such as vampires, children and animals in horror, deep dark forests, labyrinths, disability, and imperialism. Considering horror via postmodern theory, evolutionary psychology, postcolonial theory, and New Materialism, this handbook investigates issues of gender and sexuality, race, censorship and morality, environmental studies, and literary versus popular fiction.

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The Palgrave Handbook to Horror Literature
Language: en
Pages: 534
Authors: Kevin Corstorphine, Laura R. Kremmel
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-11-07 - Publisher: Springer

This handbook examines the use of horror in storytelling, from oral traditions through folklore and fairy tales to contemporary horror fiction. Divided into sections that explore the origins and evolution of horror fiction, the recurrent themes that can be seen in horror, and ways of understanding horror through literary and
The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Gothic
Language: en
Pages: 1253
Authors: Clive Bloom
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-07-10 - Publisher: Springer Nature

“Simply put, there is absolutely nothing on the market with the range of ambition of this strikingly eclectic collection of essays. Not only is it impossible to imagine a more comprehensive view of the subject, most readers – even specialists in the subject – will find that there are elements
The Palgrave Handbook of Steam Age Gothic
Language: en
Pages: 867
Authors: Clive Bloom
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-02-03 - Publisher: Springer Nature

By the early 1830s the old school of Gothic literature was exhausted. Late Romanticism, emphasising as it did the uncertainties of personality and imagination, gave it a new lease of life. Gothic—the literature of disturbance and uncertainty—now produced works that reflected domestic fears, sexual crimes, drug filled hallucinations, the terrible
The Palgrave Handbook of the Southern Gothic
Language: en
Pages: 505
Authors: Susan Castillo Street, Charles L. Crow
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-07-26 - Publisher: Springer

This book examines ‘Southern Gothic’ - a term that describes some of the finest works of the American Imagination. But what do ‘Southern’ and ‘Gothic’ mean, and how are they related? Traditionally seen as drawing on the tragedy of slavery and loss, ‘Southern Gothic’ is now a richer, more complex
Horror Literature from Gothic to Post-Modern
Language: en
Pages: 236
Authors: Michele Brittany, Nicholas Diak
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-02-17 - Publisher: McFarland

From shambling zombies to Gothic ghosts, horror has entertained thrill-seeking readers for centuries. A versatile literary genre, it offers commentary on societal issues, fresh insight into the everyday and moral tales disguised in haunting tropes and grotesque acts, with many stories worthy of critical appraisal. This collection of new essays