Gothic World Of Anne Rice

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This anthology argues for the serious study of the literary oeuvre of Anne Rice, a major figure in today’s popular literature. The essays assert that Rice expands the conventions of the horror genre’s formula to examine important social issues. Like a handful of authors working in this genre, Rice manipulates its otherwise predictable narrative structures so that a larger, more interesting cultural mythology can be developed. Rice searches for philosophical truth, examining themes of good and evil, the influence ...

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Overview

This anthology argues for the serious study of the literary oeuvre of Anne Rice, a major figure in today’s popular literature. The essays assert that Rice expands the conventions of the horror genre’s formula to examine important social issues. Like a handful of authors working in this genre, Rice manipulates its otherwise predictable narrative structures so that a larger, more interesting cultural mythology can be developed. Rice searches for philosophical truth, examining themes of good and evil, the influence on people and society of both nature and nurture, and the conflict and dependence of humanism and science.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879727086
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction. Vampires, Witches, Mummies, and Other Charismatic Personalities: Exploring the Anne Rice Phenomenon 1
The Lived World of Anne Rice's Novels 13
The Anthropological Vision of Anne Rice 35
Gothicism, Vampirism, and Seduction: Anne Rice's "The Master of Rampling Gate" 55
Development of the Byronic Vampire: Byron, Stoker, Rice 71
Anne Rice: Raising Holy Hell, Harlequin Style 91
Eroticism as Moral Fulcrum in Rice's Vampire Chronicles 109
Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire: A Novel Versus Film 123
Let Us Prey: Religious Codes and Rituals in The Vampire Lestat 149
Anne Rice's The Tale of the Body Thief and the Astral Projection Literary Tradition 163
"We're talking science, man, not voodoo": Genetic Disaster in Anne Rice's Mayfair Witch Chronicles 173
"He's not one of them": Michael Curry and the Interpellation of the Self in Anne Rice's The Witching Hour 185
The Historical Novels of Anne Rice 197
Degrees of Darkness: Gens De Couleur Libre Ethnic Identity in The Feast of All Saints 215
The World of Forever Knight: A Television Tribute to Anne Rice's New Age Vampire 231
Contributors 247
Index 253
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