The Beetle (Broadview Literary Texts Series) / Edition 1

The Beetle (Broadview Literary Texts Series) / Edition 1

by Richard Marsh, Julian Wolfreys
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The Beetle (Broadview Literary Texts Series) / Edition 1

The Beetle (1897) tells the story of a fantastical creature, “born of neither god nor man,” with supernatural and hypnotic powers, who stalks British politician Paul Lessingham through fin de siècle London in search of vengeance for the defilement of a sacred tomb in Egypt. In imitation of various popular fiction genres of the late nineteenth century, Marsh unfolds a tale of terror, late imperial fears, and the “return of the repressed,” through which the crisis of late imperial Englishness is revealed.

This Broadview edition includes a critical introduction and a rich selection of historical documents that situate the novel within the contexts of fin de siècle London, England’s interest and involvement in Egypt, the emergence of the New Woman, and contemporary theories of mesmerism and animal magnetism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781551114439
Publisher: Broadview Press
Publication date: 04/30/2004
Series: Broadview Literary Texts Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 364
Sales rank: 676,572
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Richard Marsh: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text

The Beetle

Appendix A: London in the fin de siècle

  1. From Walter Besant, All Sorts and Conditions of Men (1882)
  2. From Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886)
  3. From Henry James, “London” (1888)
  4. From Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sign of Four (1890)
  5. From Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891)
  6. From Arthur Machen, The Three Impostors (1895)
  7. From Arthur Morrison, A Child of the Jago (1896)

Appendix B: The New Woman

  1. From Ouida, “The New Woman,” North American Review (May 1894)
  2. From Sarah Grand, “The New Aspect of the Woman Question,” North American Review (March 1894)
  3. From Nat Arling, “What is the Rôle of the ‘New Woman?’,” Westminster Review (November 1898)
  4. From Kathleen Caffe, “A Reply from Daughters,” The Nineteenth Century (March 1894)

Appendix C: English Interest and Involvement in Egypt

  1. From Georgia Louise Leonard, “The Occult Sciences in the Temples of Ancient Egypt,” The Open Court (1887)
  2. From J.Norman Lockyer, “The Astronomy and Mythology of the Ancient Egyptians,” The Nineteenth Century (July 1892)
  3. From “Egypt,” London Quarterly Review (April 1884)
  4. From “Our Position in Egypt,” The Speaker (19 October 1891)

Appendix D: Mesmerism and Animal Magnetism

  1. From Joseph W. Haddock, Somnolism & Psycheism; or, the Science of the Soul and the Phenomena of Nervation, as Revealed by Vital Magnetism or Mesmerism, Considered Physiologically and Philosophically, with Notes of Mesmeric and Psychical Experience (1851)
  2. From James Esdaile, Natural and Mesmeric Clairvoyance, with the Practical Application of Mesmerism in Surgery and Medicine (1852)
  3. From “Magic and Mesmerism,” Tait’s Edinburgh Magazine, 50 (1843)
  4. From Romulus Katscher, “Mesmerism, Spiritualism and Hypnotism,” The Literary Digest (21 February 1891)

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The Beetle 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
NookieNonster More than 1 year ago
Typing a long review on a Nook Color doesn't sound fun, so I'll just say that this is quite a gem of a book, and I very much recommend it.
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