The Dark Thread: From Tragical Histories to Gothic Tales

The Dark Thread: From Tragical Histories to Gothic Tales

by John D. Lyons (Editor)


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In The Dark Thread, scholars examine a set of important and perennial narrative motifs centered on violence within the family as they have appeared in French, English, Spanish, and American literatures. Over fourteen essays, contributors highlight the connections between works from early modernity and subsequent texts from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries, in which incidents such as murder, cannibalism, poisoning, the burial of the living, the failed burial of the dead, and subsequent apparitions of ghosts that haunt the household unite "high" and "low" cultural traditions. This book questions the traditional separation between the highly honored genre of tragedy and the less respected and generally less well-known genres of histoires tragiques, gothic tales and novels, and horror stories.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781644531631
Publisher: University of Delaware Press
Publication date: 10/30/2019
Series: Early Modern Exchange
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

John D. Lyons is a Professor of French at the University of Virginia and the author of Tragedy and the Return of the Dead.

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