Dissecting Hannibal Lecter: Essays on the Novels of Thomas Harris

Overview

This comprehensive study of author Thomas Harris' popular works focuses particularly on Harris's internationally known antihero Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter in the classic novels Red Dragon, Silence of the Lambs, and Hannibal. In 12 scholarly essays, the work examines several themes within Harris' trilogy, including the author's artistic exploration of repressed desires, his refinement of neo-noir themes and the serial killer motif, and his developing perceptions of feminine gender roles. Several essays also ...

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Overview

This comprehensive study of author Thomas Harris' popular works focuses particularly on Harris's internationally known antihero Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter in the classic novels Red Dragon, Silence of the Lambs, and Hannibal. In 12 scholarly essays, the work examines several themes within Harris' trilogy, including the author's artistic exploration of repressed desires, his refinement of neo-noir themes and the serial killer motif, and his developing perceptions of feminine gender roles. Several essays also focus on Harris' works before and after the popular trilogy, examining themes such as gothic romance in Harris's first novel Black Sunday and the making of a monster in the trilogy's 2006 prequel Hannibal Rising.

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Editorial Reviews

Dead Reckonings
a fine job
Journal of American Studies
a welcome and insightful examination of an important cultural icon
HorrorScope
"an erudite collection of scholarly essays...offers many insights into the literary journey undertaken by Thomas Harris...the book is successful in encouraging the Harris fan to delve deeper into the psyche of the novelist and his creations"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786432752
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/8/2008
  • Pages: 239
  • Sales rank: 1,103,498
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Benjamin Szumskyj, a private high school teacher and qualified library technician, has edited anthologies and essay collections on such authors as Robert E. Howard, Fritz Leiber, Thomas Harris and William Peter Blatty. He is also the editor of Studies in Fantasy Literature and Studies in Australian Weird Fiction. He lives in Melville, Western Australia.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vi
Foreword   Daniel O'Brien     1
Preface     7
Introduction     9
American Gothic: Liminality and the Gothic in Thomas Harris's Hannibal Lecter Novels   Peter Messent     13
Hannibal at the Lectern: A Textual Analysis of Dr. Hannibal Lecter's Character and Motivations in Thomas Harris's Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs   John Goodrich     37
Gothic Romance and Killer Couples in Black Sunday and Hannibal   Philip L. Simpson     49
The Butterfly and the Beast: The Imprisoned Soul in Thomas Harris's Lecter Trilogy   Robert H. Waugh     68
This Is the Blind Leading the Blind: Noir, Horror and Reality in Thomas Harris's Red Dragon   Davide Mana     87
From Red Dragon to Manhunter   Tony Williams     102
Suspense vs. Horror: The Case of Thomas Harris   S.T. Joshi     118
Transmogrified Gothic: The Novels of Thomas Harris   Tony Magistrale     133
Hannibal Rising: Look Back in Anger   Ali S. Karim     147
Before Her Lambs Were Silent: Reading Gender and the Feminine in Red Dragon   Phillip A. Ellis     160
Black Sunday, Black September: Thomas Harris's Thriller, from Novel to Film, and the Terror of Reality   Scott D. Briggs     176
Morbidity of the Soul: An Appreciation of Hannibal   Benjamin Szumskyj     200
Afterword: Mythmaker   Charles Gramlich     212
About the Contributors     217
Index     223
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