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The Dark Thread

From Tragical Histories to Gothic Tales
Edited by John D. Lyons


BUY Cloth · 280 pp. · 6 × 9 · ISBN 9781644531624 · $70.00 · Nov 2019
BUY Paper · 280 pp. · 6 × 9 · ISBN 9781644531631 · $35.00 · Nov 2019
BUY Ebook · 280 pp. · ISBN 9781644531648 · $70.00 · Nov 2019

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.

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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