The Dark Thread: From Tragical Histories to Gothic Tales (The Early Modern Exchange) (Paperback)

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By John D. Lyons (Editor), Hervé-Thomas Campangne (Contributions by), David LaGuardia (Contributions by), Timothy Chesters (Contributions by), John D. Lyons (Contributions by), Kathleen Long (Contributions by), Marina S. Brownlee (Contributions by), Maria Tausiet (Contributions by), Michael Meere (Contributions by), Caroline Warman (Contributions by), Guy Spielmann (Contributions by), Philippe Roger (Contributions by), Alison Booth (Contributions by), Jennifer Tsien (Contributions by), Jocelyn Moore (Contributions by)
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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.

Published by University of Delaware Press. Distributed worldwide by Rutgers University Press.

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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781644531631
ISBN-10: 1644531631
Publisher: University of Delaware Press
Publication Date: October 30th, 2019
Pages: 272
Language: English
Series: The Early Modern Exchange