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The seduction of the occult and the rise of the fantastic tale

Author: Dorothea E von Mücke
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2003.
Series: Cultural memory in the present.
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This book examines the early development of the fantastic tale through the works of of the German romantics Ludwig Tieck, Achim von Arnim, and E. T. A. Hoffmann; the subsequent French rediscovery of  Read more...


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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Ernst T A Hoffmann
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Dorothea E von Mücke
ISBN: 0804738599 9780804738590 0804738602 9780804738606
OCLC Number: 50630523
Description: x, 289 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. The fantastic in the cultural history of reading ; Cazotte's Le diable amoureux and Hoffmann's "Der Elementargeist" ; The Devil in love ; "Che Vuoi?" ; The glance behind the lure ; "The elementary spirit" ; Seduction through reading ; The passion of the lonely reader ; Manly valor and bachelordom by choice --
2. The aesthetics of shock and the poetics of the perverse ; Paranoid Eckbert, melancholy Emil, and "the imp of the perverse" ; The limits of representation ; Blond Eckbert's paranoia ; Confessions gone awry: Eckbert's paranoia ; Bertha's story and the origin of sexuality ; "Rear window" or "love charm" ; The pathology of aesthetic subjectivity ; The love charm, the fantastic, and seduction by shock ; Between pathology and amorality: "the imp of the perverse" --
3. The power of the artist ; Schmolling's insanity defense ; "Das Fräulein Von Scuderi" ; "Automata" and the simulation of life --
4. Artificial paradise and the medial woman ; "Serapion," "Rat Krespel," "La morte amoureuse," and "Ligeia" ; Temporality, ideal beauty, and mortality ; Serapion: radical visionary bliss and the denial of the body's mortality ; "Councillor Krespel": narration and fantasy between two deaths, "La morte amoureuse" ; Ligeia: "her large and luminous orbs" ; Poe's arabesque, or, death by drapery ; "Hideous animation" --
5. Fantastic encounters with the marvels of history ; "Isabella von Ägypten" and "La Vénus d'Ille" ; Bella's blood ; The political mixture of legend and history ; Isabella's sexuality and femininity ; The uses of blood ; The living past and its resistance to modernization ; "The Venus of Ille" ; The idol's looks and the idol's look ; The inspector's investment ; Signature, event, context: the narrator's blind spot --
Epilogue, or, turning the screw from shock to fascination.
Series Title: Cultural memory in the present.
Responsibility: Dorothea E. von Mücke.
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