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The Haunted Dusk: American Supernatural Fiction, 1820-1920

The Haunted Dusk: American Supernatural Fiction, 1820-1920

by Howard Kerr
     
 
Set against the background of the rapid flux of ideas & beliefs in the 19th century, these essays explore the presence of the supernatural in the works of well-known American writers. Beginning with Washington Irvings introduction of the gothic sensibility in the form of the ghost story, & following through the century to investigations of the unconscious in the

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Set against the background of the rapid flux of ideas & beliefs in the 19th century, these essays explore the presence of the supernatural in the works of well-known American writers. Beginning with Washington Irvings introduction of the gothic sensibility in the form of the ghost story, & following through the century to investigations of the unconscious in the works of Henry James & Jack London, this collection reveals the use of the occult in fiction as a metaphor for a culture bubbling with attempts — mesmerism, Adventism, transcendentalism, Swedenborgianism, & spiritualism, among many — to understand natures complex & obscure patterns.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820307916
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
02/01/1983
Pages:
248

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