Caverns of Night: Coal Mines in Art, Literature and Film

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Caverns of Night explores the aesthetic challenges of representing Western European and American coal-mining experiences in art, literature, and film.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570033520
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 281
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Table of Contents

The Aesthetics of Coal: Representing Soot, Dust, and Smoke in Nineteenth-Century Britain 3
Demonized Coal Miners and Domineering Muses in Sidney H. Sime's Fantastic Illustrations 19
Poetry, Politics, and Coal Mines in Victorian England: Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Joseph Skipsey, and Thomas Llewelyn Thomas 32
Old Hell Shaft: Richard Hengist Horne and the Coal Mines 50
Social Reform through Sensationalized Realism: G. W. M. Reynolds's "The Rattlesnake's History" 63
Anticommunity and Chaos: The Role of Free Indirect Discourse in Zola's Germinal 71
Gripped by the Ultimate Master: Mining, Manhood, and Morbidity in D. H. Lawrence's "Odour of Chrysanthemums" 89
W. H. Auden and the Homoerotics of the 1930s Documentary 104
The Language of This Graveyard: Politicizing the Poetic in Tony Harrison's v. 126
The Molly Maguires in the Valley of Fear 155
The Molly Maguires and the Continued Influence of Nineteenth-Century Labor Fiction 166
Openness to Experience in Stephen Crane's "In the Depths of a Coal Mine" 186
Coal Mining, Literature, and the Naturalistic Motif: An Overview 199
Men Are That Way: The Short Stories of E. S. Johnson 209
Proletarian Disaster and Social Change: Representations of Raymond Williams in Vicki Covington's Night Ride Home 219
Out of the Dark and into the Light: Violence and Vision in James Lee Burke 226
Multinarratives and Multiculture in Appalachia: Denise Giardina's Storming Heaven and the West Virginia Mine War of 1920-1921 235
The Many Autobiographies of a Coal Miner's Daughter 244
Blackfaced Rednecks: The Problem of Backcountry Whites as Victims in John Sayles's Matewan 255
General Bibliography on Coal Mining in Art, Literature, and Film 267
Contributors 271
Index 275
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