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Inventing the gothic corpse : the thrill of human remains in the eighteenth-century novel

Author: Yael Shapira
Publisher: Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book shows how a series of bold experiments in eighteenth-century British realist and Gothic fiction transform the dead body from an instructive icon into a thrill device. For centuries, vivid images of the corpse were used to deliver a spiritual or political message; today they appear regularly in Gothic and horror stories as a source of macabre pleasure. Yael Shapira's book tracks this change at it unfolds in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Yael Shapira
ISBN: 3319764837 9783319764832
OCLC Number: 1020620148
Description: xii, 265 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction: The Novel, the Corpse, and the Eighteenth-Century Marketplace --
2. Spectacles for Sale: Reframing the Didactic Corpse in Behn and Defoe --
3. Fictional Corpses at Mid-Century: Richardson, Fielding, and the Trouble with Hamlet --
4. Death, Delicacy and the Novel: The Corpse in Women's Gothic Fiction --
5. Shamelessly Gothic: Enjoying the Corpse in The Monk and Zofloya --
6. Conclusion: Remains to Be Seen.
Responsibility: Yael Shapira.

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