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Walking Shadows : Reflections on the American Fantastic and the American Grotesque from Washington

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Johansen investigates why the fantastic and the grotesque have been so central to American literature--as opposed to the European dabbling in them--since the country began. Foregrounding the transgressive impetus of the genres, he looks at the realm of theory, 19th-century phantasmagorias, spectral Americas, and from modernism to postmodernism. His topics include Rip Van Winkle's fall into history: framing Washington Irving's tale, the apocalyptic-grotesque in Edgar Allan Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death," commemorating the black and angry dead in Toni Morrison's Beloved, and inside the American nightmare: Bret Easton Ellis' American Psycho and its cultural context. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 498
Genre: Literary Criticism
Sub-Genre: European / English + Irish + Scottish + Welsh
Series Title: Costerus New Series
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Brill Academic Pub
Author: Ib Johansen
Language: English
Street Date: August 27, 2015
TCIN: 50415804
UPC: 9789004303706
Item Number (DPCI): 248-06-6456
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