The book contributes to current discussions on the grotesque in contemporary literary and cultural theory from the perspective of one specific motif: the unnatural. Quite like the grotesque, observing the unnatural (and unnaturalness) reveals a resilient strain in critical thought, and the significance of this history gradually unfolds as the volume charts the progress of its main themes from the Renaissance to the present day.
Although there is a significant literature on the philosophy of Jacques Derrida, there are few analyses that address the deconstructive critique of phenomenology as it simultaneously plays across range of cultural productions including literature, painting, cinema, new media, and the structure of the university. Using the critical figures of “ghost” and “shadow”—and initiating a vocabulary of phantomenology—this book traces the implications of Derridean “spectrality” on the understanding of contemporary thought, culture, and experience.
This volume recognizes the popularity of nineteenth-century British literature with adaptors who have appreciated the value of the original works while repackaging their classic themes for contemporary audiences. This collection includes discussion of works by authors such as Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Anthony Trollope, Robert Louis Stevenson, Bram Stoker, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, as well as adaptations by such diverse and masterful directors as Ernst Lubitsch, Stanley Kubrick, Atom Egoyan, and Francis Ford Coppola.
Histories of Violence in Magical Realist Fiction
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