Thomas Harris and William Blake: Allusions in the Hannibal Lecter Novels

Thomas Harris and William Blake: Allusions in the Hannibal Lecter Novels

by Michelle Leigh Gompf

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This work examines the allusions to Blake throughout Harris's four Hannibal Lecter novels and provides a Blakean reading of the works as a whole, particularly in regard to the character of Lecter and the nature of evil in the world--and to what extent humanity should accept evil. The novels and their film versions reveal that Harris uses Blake to suggest that good and evil are intertwined and coexist, and that it is foolish to try to see them simply as opposing binaries. Refusing to recognize their intertwined relationship leads to imbalance and a negative outcome, as revealed in the fate of Graham in Red Dragon.

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ISBN-13: 9781476606163
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 11/05/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 184
File size: 386 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Michelle Leigh Gompf is an associate professor of English at Concord University in Athens, West Virginia. She lives in Roanoke, Virginia.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Preface 11
Introduction 13
1. “Under every Good is a hell”: William Blake’s View of Good and Evil 23
2. “The wickedness herein I took from my own stock”: Thomas Harris’s Creation of Evil 50
3. The Dragon and the Tyger: Red Dragon 68
4. Typhoid and Swans: Silence of the Lambs 97
5. Harris’s Marriage of Heaven and Hell: Hannibal 117
6. Printing in the Infernal Method: Hannibal Rising 144
Conclusion: “Without contraries there is no progression”—Lecter’s Blakean Progression to Balance 163
Bibliography 179
Index 183

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