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Grotesque

By Natsuo Kirino
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  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Isbn : 0307267296
  • Pages : 480
  • Category : Fiction
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Life at the prestigious Q High School for Girls in Tokyo exists on a precise social axis: a world of insiders and outsiders, of haves and have-nots. Beautiful Yuriko and her unpopular, unnamed sister exist in different spheres; the hopelessly awkward Kazue Sato floats around among them, trying to fit in.Years later, Yuriko and Kazue are dead — both have become prostitutes and both have been brutally murdered. Natsuo Kirino, celebrated author of Out, seamlessly weaves together the stories of these women’s struggles within the conventions and restrictions of Japanese society. At once a psychological investigation of the pressures facing Japanese women and a classic work of noir fiction, Grotesque is a brilliantly twisted novel of ambition, desire, beauty, cruelty, and identity by one of our most electrifying writers.

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Grotesque Anatomies

By David Musgrave
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  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Isbn : 1443869201
  • Pages : 240
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Reads : 822
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Grotesque Anatomies is a study of Menippean satire in English since the Renaissance. It consists of revisionist, close readings of canonical works such as Eliot’s The Waste Land and Pope’s Dunciad among others, and investigates how identifying them as Menippean satires changes our understanding of them. The initial chapter offers a comprehensive account of the form from antiquity to the present day, identifying its bifurcated development in the shorter form (Seneca-Lucian-Julian) and the longer, more encylopedic form (Varro-Petronius-Boethius), and their subsequent fusion during the Renaissance. It also contains an account of the critical reception of the genre, with the term ‘Menippean satire’ first being used by Justus Lipsius in 1581. Finally, Menippean satire is described as a literary version of the grotesque, and a brief theory of the grotesque in the modern period as ‘radical heterogeneity’ is outlined. This is also the foundation of a new definition of Menippean satire, drawing on previous definitions by Frye, Bakhtin and Kirk, and revising them for the modern period. The following chapters examine iconic works as examples of Menippean satire and of the grotesque. Chapter 2 offers an overview of the nose in Menippean satire and comic literature generally, and reads Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children in this context. It also gives an account of metaphor as a ‘grotesque transformation’. Chapter 3 examines the figure of the stomach in Menippean satire and symposiastic literature, and reads Peacock’s Gryll Grange in this context. The link between the stomach as a figure of thinking in comic literature is the basis for an account of symbolic structuring as ‘grotesque association’. Chapter 4 is a close reading of the scatological imagery of Pope’s Dunciad, and how scatology generally tends towards a cyclical metaphysics. It also relates changes in print technology and copyright laws to the reticular scatological structure of the Dunciad. Chapter 5 argues for Eliot’s The Waste Land as a Menippean satire, focusing on the rhetorical figure of the enthymeme as a missing premise, as an example of ‘under-mindedness’ and as an ironic aspect of the fragmentation typical of late Romantic Menippean satires. Chapter 6 examines Urquhart’s eccentric The Jewel as a satire on the referential function of language, reading it in the context of projections for a universal language from this period. The final chapter identifies some key works by Derrida and Barthes as Menippean satires, noting the resurgence of the form in some postmodern and deconstructive writing.

Bartók and the Grotesque

By Julie Brown
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Isbn : 1351574574
  • Pages : 192
  • Category : Music
  • Reads : 334
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The grotesque is one of art's most puzzling figures - transgressive, comprising an unresolveable hybrid, generally focussing on the human body, full of hyperbole, and ultimately semantically deeply puzzling. In Bluebeard's Castle (1911), The Wooden Prince (1916/17), The Miraculous Mandarin (1919/24, rev. 1931) and Cantata Profana (1930), Bartngaged scenarios featuring either overtly grotesque bodies or closely related transformations and violations of the body. In a number of instrumental works he also overtly engaged grotesque satirical strategies, sometimes - as in Two Portraits: 'Ideal' and 'Grotesque' - indicating this in the title. In this book, Julie Brown argues that Bart concerns with stylistic hybridity (high-low, East-West, tonal-atonal-modal), the body, and the grotesque are inter-connected. While Barteveloped each interest in highly individual ways, and did so separately to a considerable extent, the three concerns remained conceptually interlinked. All three were thoroughly implicated in cultural constructions of the Modern during the period in which Bartas composing.

The grotesque

By Frances K. Barasch
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  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
  • Isbn : 3111715108
  • Pages : 183
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Reads : 723
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Rethinking the Concept of the Grotesque

By Shun-Liang Chao
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Isbn : 1351551140
  • Pages : 196
  • Category : Foreign Language Study
  • Reads : 385
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How are we to define what is grotesque, in art or literature? Since the Renaissance the term has been used for anything from the fantastic to the monstrous, and been associated with many artistic genres, from the Gothic to the danse macabre. Shun-Liang Chao's new study adopts a rigorous approach by establishing contradictory physicality and the notion of metaphor as two keys to the construction of a clear identity of the grotesque. With this approach, Chao explores the imagery of Richard Crashaw, Charles Baudelaire, and Rene Magritte as individual exemplars of the grotesque in the Baroque, Romantic, and Surrealist ages, in order to suggest a lineage of this curious aesthetic and to cast light on the functions of the visual and of the verbal in evoking it.

Flannery O'Connor's Religion of the Grotesque

By Marshall Bruce Gentry
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  • Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • Isbn : 9781617033964
  • Pages : 177
  • Category : Grotesque in literature
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Grotesque Visions

By Thomas O. Haakenson
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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Isbn : 150136992X
  • Pages : 272
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Reads : 542
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Grotesque Visions focuses on the radical avant-garde interventions of Salomo Friedländer (aka Mynona), Til Brugman, and Hannah Höch as they challenged the questionable practices and evidentiary claims of late-19th- and early-20th-century science. Demonstrating the often excessive measures that pathologists, anthropologists, sexologists, and medical professionals went to present their research in a seemingly unambiguous way, this volume shows how Friedländer/Mynona, Brugman, Höch, and other Berlin-based artists used the artistic grotesque to criticize, satirize, and subvert a variety of forms of supposed scientific objectivity. The volume concludes by examining the exhibition Grotesk!: 130 Jahre Kunst der Frechheit/Comic Grotesque: Wit and Mockery in German Arts, 1870-1940. In contrast to the ahistorical and amorphous concept informing the exhibition, Thomas O. Haakenson reveals a unique deployment of the artistic grotesque that targeted specific established and emerging scientific discourses at the turn of the last fin-de-siècle.

Grotesque Ambivalence

By Mary Cosgrove
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  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter
  • Isbn : 3110934205
  • Pages : 236
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Reads : 271
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The focus of this volume is the prose work of the Austrian-Jewish writer Albert Drach (1902-1995). The author explores Drach's critique of totalitarian culture by examining his representations of power and powerlessness, identity and difference, along with cultural processes of exclusion. Drawing on areas as diverse as psychoanalysis, the grotesque and post-colonial theory, this study identifies a significant discursive difference between Drach's shorter fictional prose and the Holocaust trilogy. Drach's highly original linguistic dexterity, his much-discussed 'protocol style', offers a sophisticated critique of the relationship between power, insubordination and capitulation. This is the first English language study dedicated to the complex prose of Albert Drach. It is of interest to students and scholars of Austrian literature, German-Jewish literature as well as Exile and Holocaust Studies.

Grotesque Relations

By Susan Edmunds
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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Isbn : 9780199713530
  • Pages : 272
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Reads : 552
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In this book, Susan Edmunds explores he relationship between modernist domestic fiction and the rise of the U.S. welfare state. This relationship, which began in the Progressive era, emerged as maternalist reformers developed an inverted discourse of social housekeeping in order to call for state protection and regulation of the home. Modernists followed suit, turning the genre of domestic fiction inside out in order to represent new struggles on the border between home, market and state. Edmunds uses the work of Djuna Barnes, Jean Toomer, Tillie Olsen, Edna Ferber, Nathanael West, and Flannery O'Connor to trace the significance of modernists' radical reconstitution of the genre of domestic fiction. Using a grotesque aesthetic of revolutionary inversion, these writers looped their depictions of the domestic sphere through revolutionary discourses associated with socialism, consumerism and the avant-garde. These authors used their grotesque discourses to deal with issues of social conflict ranging from domestic abuse and racial violence to educational reform, public health care, eugenics, and social security. With the New Deal, the U.S. welfare state realized maternalist ambitions to disseminate a modern sentimental version of the home to all white citizens, successfully translating radical bids for collective social security into a racialized order of selective and detached domestic security. The book argues that modernists engaged and contested this historical trajectory from the start. In the process, they forged an enduring set of terms for understanding and negotiating the systemic forms of ambivalence, alienation and conflict that accompany Americans' contemporary investments in "family values."

Routledge Revivals: Victorian Culture and the Idea of the Grotesque (1999)

By Colin Trodd,Paul Barlow,David Amigoni
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Isbn : 1351044451
  • Pages : 224
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Reads : 402
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Originally published in 1999, Victorian Culture and the Idea of the Grotesque is the first fully interdisciplinary study of the subject and examines a wide range of sources and materials to provide new readings between ‘style’ and ‘concept’. The book provides an original analysis of key articulations of the Grotesque in the literary culture of Ruskin, Browning and Dickens, where represents the eruptions, intensities, confusions and disturbed vitality of modern cultural experience such as the scientific revolution associated with Darwin and the nature of industrial society.

Dickens and the Grotesque (Routledge Revivals)

By Michael Hollington
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Isbn : 1317619714
  • Pages : 276
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Reads : 560
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First published in 1984, this title examines the development of a special rhetoric in Dickens’ work, which, by using grotesque effects, challenged the complacency of his middle-class Victorian readers. The study begins by exploring definitions of the grotesque and moves on to look at three key aspects that particularly impacted on Dickens’ imagination: popular theatre (especially pantomime), caricature, and the tradition of the Gothic novel. Michael Hollington traces the development of Dickens’ application of the grotesque from his early work to his late novels, showing how its use becomes more subtle. Hollington’s title greatly enhances our appreciation of Dickens’ technique, showing the skill with which he used the grotesque to undermine stereotyped responses and encourage his readership to challenge their context.

Masters of the Grotesque

By Schuy R. Weishaar
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  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Isbn : 1476600600
  • Pages : 219
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Reads : 585
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The concepts and theories surrounding the aesthetic category of the grotesque are explored in this book by pursuing their employment in the films of American auteurs Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam, the Coen Brothers and David Lynch. The author argues that interpreting these directors’ films through the lens of the grotesque allows us1to situate both the auteurs and the films within a long history of the grotesque in art and aesthetics. This cultural tradition effectively subsumes the contribution of any artist or1genre that intersects it but also affords the artist or genre—the auteur and the genre filmmaker—a pantheon and an abundance of images, themes, and motifs through which he1or she can subversively represent the world and our place in it.

Fiction of the Modern Grotesque

By Bernard McElroy,Cara Delay
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Isbn : 1349200948
  • Pages : 207
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Reads : 927
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Irony, Satire, Parody and the Grotesque in the Music of Shostakovich

By Esti Sheinberg
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Isbn : 1351562061
  • Pages : 400
  • Category : Music
  • Reads : 216
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The music of Shostakovich has been at the centre of interest of both the general public and dedicated scholars throughout the last twenty years. Most of the relevant literature, however, is of a biographical nature. The focus of this book is musical irony. It offers new methodologies for the semiotic analysis of music, and inspects the ironical messages in Shostakovichs music independently of political and biographical bias. Its approach to music is interdisciplinary, comparing musical devices with the artistic principles and literary analyses of satire, irony, parody and the grotesque. Each one of these is firstly inspected and defined as a separate subject, independent of music. The results of these inspections are subsequently applied to music, firstly music in general and then more specifically to the music of Shostakovich. The composers cultural and historical milieux are taken into account and, where relevant, inspected and analysed separately before their application to the music.

Elizabethan Grotesque (Routledge Revivals)

By Neil Rhodes
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Isbn : 1317620402
  • Pages : 208
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Reads : 564
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The comic grotesque is a powerful element in a great deal of Elizabethan literature, but one which has attracted scant critical attention. In this study, first published in 1980, Neil Rhodes examines the nature of the grotesque in late sixteenth-century culture, and shows the part it played in the development of new styles of comic prose and drama in Elizabethan England. In defining ‘grotesque’, the author considers the stylistic techniques of Rabelais and Aretino, as well as the graphic arts. He discusses the use of the grotesque in Elizabethan pamphlet literature and the early satirical journalists such as Nashe, and argues that their work in turn stimulated the growth of satirical drama at the end of the century. The second part of the book explains the importance of Nashe’s achievement for Shakespeare and Jonson, concluding that the linguistic resources of English Renaissance comedy are peculiarly – and perhaps uniquely – physical.

Beautifully Grotesque Fish of the American West

By Mark Spitzer
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  • Publisher : U of Nebraska Press
  • Isbn : 1496200047
  • Pages : 280
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Reads : 585
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Fisherman Mark Spitzer takes readers on an action-packed investigation of the most fierce and fearsome freshwater grotesques of the American West ever to inspire both hatred and fascination. Through the lenses of history, folklore, biology, ecology, and politics, Beautifully Grotesque Fish of the American West depicts the environmental destruction plaguing the most maligned creatures in our midst while subtly interweaving Spitzer's experiences of personal tragedy and self-discovery. Join Spitzer as he noodles for flathead catfish in Oklahoma, snags paddlefish in Missouri, trotline- and electro-fishes American eels in Arkansas, studies razorback suckers in Arizona, bounty hunts for pikeminnows in Washington State, attends a burbot festival in Utah, stirs up Asian carp in Kansas, and breaks the state record for the largest yellow bullhead ever caught in Nebraska. By examining freakish links in a vital chain and working with specialists in the field, Spitzer portrays a planet in environmental crisis and dispels the illusion that our actions don't result in long-term, toxic consequences. Spitzer offers models for fisheries and provides other sources of hope in this informative epic of redemption that ultimately celebrates the wild and resilient beauty and remaining possibilities of the American West. Watch a book trailer. Visit the Where in the West is Mark Spitzer? blog series for additional reading and a look at more photographs not included in the book.

Gaslight Grotesque

By Charles Prepolec,J. R. Campbell,Leslie S. Klinger,Stephen Volk,Lawrence C. Connolly,William Meikle,James A. Moore,William Patrick Maynard,Hayden Trenholm,Neil Jackson,Robert Lauderdale,Leigh Blackmore,Mark Morris,Simon Kurt Unsworth,Barbara Roden
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  • Publisher : EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing
  • Isbn : 1894063708
  • Pages : 336
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 929
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THE MONSTERS ARE DUE ON BAKER STREET! Between the shadowy realms of fear and the unforgiving glare of science lies a battleground of unspeakable horror. In vile alleyways with blood-slick cobblestones, impenetrable fog, and the wan glow of gaslight, lurk the inhuman denizens of nightmare. CAN REASON PREVAIL WHEN ELIMINATING THE IMPOSSIBLE IS NO LONGER AN OPTION? Faced with his worst fears, Sherlock Holmes has his faith in the science of observation and deduction shaken to the core in 13 all-new tales of terror from today's modern masters of the macabre!

The Grotesque in the Fiction of Charles Dickens and Other 19th-century European Novelists

By Isabelle Hervouet-Farrar,Max Vega-Ritter
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  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Isbn : 1443874051
  • Pages : 250
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Reads : 513
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This book provides an overview of the literary grotesque in 19th-century Europe, with special emphasis on Charles Dickens, whose use of this complex aesthetic category is thus addressed in relation with other 19th-century European writers. The crossing of geographical boundaries allows an in-depth study of the different modes of the grotesque found in 19th-century fiction. It provides a comprehensive analysis of the reasons behind the extensive use of such a favoured mode of expression. Intertextuality and comparative or cultural analysis are thus used here to shed new light on Dickens’s influences (both given and received), as well as to compare and contrast his use of the grotesque with that of key 19th-century writers like Hugo, Gogol, Thackeray, Hardy and a few others. The essays of this volume examine the various forms taken by the grotesque in 19th-century European fiction, such as, for example, the fusion of the familiar and the uncanny, or of the terrifying and the comic; as well as the figures and narrative techniques best suited for the expression of a novelist’s grotesque vision of the world. These essays contribute to an assessment of the links between the grotesque, the gothic and the fantastic, and, more generally, the genres and aesthetic categories which the 19th-century grotesque fed on, like caricature, the macabre and tragicomedy. They also examine the novelists’ grotesque as contributing to the questioning of society in Victorian Britain and 19th-century Europe, echoing its raging conflicts and the shocks of scientific progress. This study naturally adopts as its theoretical basis the works of key theorists and critics of the grotesque: namely, Victor Hugo, Charles Baudelaire and John Ruskin in the 19th century, and Mikhail Bakhtin, Wolfgang Kayser, Geoffrey Harpham and Elisheva Rosen in the 20th century.

The Grotesque in Church Art

By Thomas Tindall Wildridge
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  • Publisher : Library of Alexandria
  • Isbn : 1465524363
  • Pages : 221
  • Category : Christian art and symbolism
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A History of Caricature and Grotesque in Literature and Art

By Thomas Wright
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  • Publisher : Good Press
  • Isbn : EAN:4057664592453
  • Pages : 8353
  • Category : History
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"A History of Caricature and Grotesque in Literature and Art" by Thomas Wright. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

Grotesque: An Illustrated Story

By Mark Joseph O'Connell
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  • Isbn : N.a
  • Pages : 62
  • Category : Comics & Graphic Novels
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In this visionary work Mark Joseph O’Connell combines visual exploration with psychological introspection in a form equal parts lyric poetry, freeform brushwork and drawing, and enigmatic searching for identity and self. This illustrated story uses an arts-based approach to explore a Gay man’s relationship with his twin sister, the world at large, and his own divided psyche and conflicted desires. The lyric pen and ink brushwork studies are harmoniously aligned with the poetic textual narrative. Using the two creative artforms to simultaneously explore the themes of alienation, Queer autonomy and personal growth.

Chuck Palahniuk and the Comic Grotesque

By David McCracken
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  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Isbn : 1476642222
  • Pages : 286
  • Category : Literary Criticism
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With the success of Fight Club, his novel-turned-movie, Chuck Palahniuk has become noticed for accurately capturing the exploitation of power in America in the 21st century. With cynicism and skepticism, he satirizes the manipulative aspects of ideologies and beliefs pushing society's understanding of the norm. In this work, Palahniuk's characters are analyzed as people who rebel against the systems in control. Mikhail Bakhtin's theory is applied to explain Palahniuk's application of the comic grotesque; theories from Louis Althusser and Slavoj Žižek help reveal aspects of ideology in Palahniuk's writing.

Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque II

By Edgar Allan Poe
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  • Publisher : Lindhardt og Ringhof
  • Isbn : 8726586959
  • Pages : 83
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 900
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Teeming with melancholy and vampirism, verging on the sanity’s uttermost rim, Poe’s characters often fall victims to supernatural happenings. Men wishing for their wife’s deaths, doppelgangers and hollow men, or bargains with the Devil – all these elements reveal the need for Poe’s protagonists to discuss, mock, and curse their (ab)normal predicaments. The reader is facing the second volume of E. A. Poe’s tales. E. A. Poe’s immortal heritage in the horror genre is unquestionable and if the reader is not quite familiar with the atmosphere depicted, they could always give Roger Corman’s movies from the Poe cycle a try: "House of Usher" (1960), "Pit and the Pendulum" (1961), "The Tomb of Ligeia" (1964) – all starring Vincent Price. Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) was an American poet, author, and literary critic. Most famous for his poetry, short stories, and tales of the supernatural, mysterious, and macabre, he is also regarded as the inventor of the detective genre and a contributor to the emergence of science fiction, dark romanticism, and weird fiction. His most famous works include "The Raven" (1945), "The Black Cat" (1943), and "The Gold-Bug" (1843).

Terry Southern and the American Grotesque

By David Tully
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  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Isbn : 078645637X
  • Pages : 232
  • Category : Literary Criticism
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This work offers a critical biography and analysis of the varied literary output of novels, short stories, screenplays, poetry, articles and essays of the American writer Terry Southern. The book explores Southern’s career from his early days in Paris with friends like Samuel Beckett, to swinging London in such company as the Rolling Stones, to filmmaking in Los Angeles and Europe with luminaries like Stanley Kubrick. His writings are examined in chronological order. David Tully was granted unprecedented access by Terry Southern’s family to rare, unpublished work from his private archives. This study offers the first comprehensive examination of the career of this major American writer.

The Grotesque and the Double Reflection of Society in Hanif Kureishi’s "The Buddha of Suburbia"

By Alessandra Pennesi
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  • Publisher : GRIN Verlag
  • Isbn : 3346195120
  • Pages : 18
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Reads : 509
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Seminar paper from the year 2018 in the subject Literature - Basics, grade: 1, University of Bamberg, course: Postcolonial Literature, language: English, abstract: With the use of the word “grotesque” a whole range of different meanings is called into question. The cultural history of this word has crossed centuries, adopting for each epoch a different nuance of significance, so that it is virtually impossible to establish fixed, universal attributes to it. The very first examples of grotesques were the “bizarre wall paintings” found in Nero’s Domus Aurea, which represented “elaborate knots and festoons of floral decoration” and “designs oddly transforming into snakes, satyrs [and] mythological animals” (Clark). The essence of this art was later developed according to different interpretations, being associated to caricature and caprices in the seventeenth century and to horror and repulsion in the nineteenth century (Connelly). It is therefore important to consider that the grotesque is to be understood primarily as a cultural and social phenomenon, constantly changeable and subjected to the spirit of the times.

Holy Monsters, Sacred Grotesques

By Michael E. Heyes
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  • Publisher : Lexington Books
  • Isbn : 1498550770
  • Pages : 296
  • Category : Religion
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This book explores the intersection of religion and monstrosity. The first section contains fresh research on the Middle Ages and Early Modern period, and the second explores the topic of religion and monstrosity from the Early Modern to Modern period.

A Grotesque in the Garden

By Hud Hudson
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  • Publisher : Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
  • Isbn : 1467459739
  • Pages : 200
  • Category : Religion
  • Reads : 656
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After several millennia living as a lone sentinel in the Garden of Eden, the angel Tesque is contemplating leaving his post in rebellion against God. Meanwhile, in another time and place, a professor of mathematics isolates herself in remote Iceland as she finds herself increasingly at odds with society. The connection between these two characters? A letter, a sentient dog, and a deep-seated resistance to the demands of love. A Grotesque in the Garden is a philosophical tale that addresses some of theology’s thorniest problems, including the questions of divinely permitted evil, divine hiddenness, and divine deception, couching them in narrative form for greater accessibility to students and general readers. While Hudson’s story ultimately vindicates the virtue of obedience to God, it never shies away from critiques of troublesome theological positions. This second edition contains an appendix with commentary, discussion questions, and suggestions for further reading.

Erotic Grotesque Nonsense

By Miriam Silverberg
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  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Isbn : 0520924622
  • Pages : 388
  • Category : History
  • Reads : 141
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This history of Japanese mass culture during the decades preceding Pearl Harbor argues that the new gestures, relationship, and humor of ero-guro-nansensu (erotic grotesque nonsense) expressed a self-consciously modern ethos that challenged state ideology and expansionism. Miriam Silverberg uses sources such as movie magazines, ethnographies of the homeless, and the most famous photographs from this era to capture the spirit, textures, and language of a time when the media reached all classes, connecting the rural social order to urban mores. Employing the concept of montage as a metaphor that informed the organization of Japanese mass culture during the 1920s and 1930s, Silverberg challenges the erasure of Japanese colonialism and its legacies. She evokes vivid images from daily life during the 1920s and 1930s, including details about food, housing, fashion, modes of popular entertainment, and attitudes toward sexuality. Her innovative study demonstrates how new public spaces, new relationships within the family, and an ironic sensibility expressed the attitude of Japanese consumers who identified with the modern as providing a cosmopolitan break from tradition at the same time that they mobilized for war.

The Throne of Bones

By Brian McNaughton
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  • Publisher : Wildside Press LLC
  • Isbn : 1587151987
  • Pages : 286
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 623
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Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque

By Edgar Allan Poe
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  • Publisher : Oregan Publishing
  • Isbn : 2291070770
  • Pages : 150
  • Category : Drama
  • Reads : 928
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Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque is a collection of previously-published short stories by Edgar Allan Poe, first published in 1840. Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer, editor, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. He is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States and of American literature as a whole, and he was one of the country's earliest practitioners of the short story. He is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre and is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. He was the first well-known American writer to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.

Transatlantic Literature and Culture After 9/11

By K. Miller
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Isbn : 1137443219
  • Pages : 265
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Reads : 494
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Transatlantic Literature and Culture After 9/11 asks whether post-9/11 America has chosen the 'wrong side of paradise' by waging war on terror rather than working for global peace. Analyzing transatlantic literature and culture, the book refocuses our view of Ground Zero through the lenses of imperial power and cosmopolitan exchange.

Women and Disability in Medieval Literature

By T. Pearman
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Isbn : 0230117562
  • Pages : 206
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Reads : 670
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This book is first in its field to analyze how disability and gender both thematically and formally operate within late medieval popular literature. Reading romance, conduct manuals, and spiritual autobiography, it proposes a 'gendered model' for exploring the processes by which differences like gender and disability get coded as deviant.