The Vampyre and Other Tales of the Macabre

Author: John Polidori
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191504416
Category: Fiction
Page: 320
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`Upon her neck and breast was blood, and upon her throat were the marks of teeth having opened the vein: - to this the men pointed, crying, simultaneously struck with horror, "a Vampyre, a Vampyre!"' John Polidori's classic tale of the vampyre was a product of the same ghost-story competition that produced Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Set in Italy, Greece, and London, Polidori's tales is a reaction to the dominating presence of his employer Lord Byron, and transformed the figure of the vampire from the bestial ghoul of earlier mythologies into the glamorous aristocrat whose violence and sexual allure make him literally a 'lady-killer'. Polidori's tale introduced the vampire into English fiction, and launched a vampire craze that has never subsided. `The Vampyre' was first published in 1819 in the London New Monthly Magazine. The present volume selects thirteen other tales of the macabre first published in the leading London and Dublin magazines between 1819 and 1838, including Edward Bulwer's chilling account of the doppelganger, Letitia Landon's elegant reworking of the Gothic romance, William Carleton's terrifying description of an actual lynching, and James Hogg's ghoulish exploitation of the cholera epidemic of 1831-2. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

The Ethos of History

Time and Responsibility
Author: Stefan Helgesson,Jayne Svenungsson
Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 1785338854
Category: History
Page: 230
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At a time when rapidly evolving technologies, political turmoil, and the tensions inherent in multiculturalism and globalization are reshaping historical consciousness, what is the proper role for historians and their work? By way of an answer, the contributors to this volume offer up an illuminating collective meditation on the idea of ethos and its relevance for historical practice. These intellectually adventurous essays demonstrate how ethos—a term evoking a society’s “fundamental character” as well as an ethical appeal to knowledge and commitment—can serve as a conceptual lodestar for history today, not only as a narrative, but as a form of consciousness and an ethical-political orientation.

A Research Guide to Gothic Literature in English

Print and Electronic Sources
Author: Sherri L. Brown,Carol Senf,Ellen J. Stockstill
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442277483
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 252
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A Research Guide to Gothic Literature in English covers Gothic cultural artifacts such as literature, film, graphic novels, and videogames. This authoritative guide equips researchers with valuable recent information about noteworthy resources that they can use to study the Gothic effectively and thoroughly.

Images of the Modern Vampire

The Hip and the Atavistic
Author: Barbara Brodman,James E. Doan
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 161147583X
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 262
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This book examines vampires as an international phenomenon, not restricted to the original folk character, the literary vampire, or twentieth-century film versions. Instead, the authors reshape the legend into a post-modern image that is psychologically and socially relevant while retaining elements of folklore mixed with a hint of science fiction.

The Mummy's Curse

The true history of a dark fantasy
Author: Roger Luckhurst
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191640980
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 336
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In the winter of 1922-23 archaeologist Howard Carter and his wealthy patron George Herbert, the Fifth Earl of Carnarvon, sensationally opened the tomb of Tutenkhamen. Six weeks later Herbert, the sponsor of the expedition, died in Egypt. The popular press went wild with rumours of a curse on those who disturbed the Pharaoh's rest and for years followed every twist and turn of the fate of the men who had been involved in the historic discovery. Long dismissed by Egyptologists, the mummy's curse remains a part of popular supernatural belief. Roger Luckhurst explores why the myth has captured the British imagination across the centuries, and how it has impacted on popular culture. Tutankhamen was not the first curse story to emerge in British popular culture. This book uncovers the 'true' stories of two extraordinary Victorian gentlemen widely believed at the time to have been cursed by the artefacts they brought home from Egypt in the nineteenth century. These are weird and wonderful stories that weave together a cast of famous writers, painters, feted soldiers, lowly smugglers, respected men of science, disreputable society dames, and spooky spiritualists. Focusing on tales of the curse myth, Roger Luckhurst leads us through Victorian museums, international exhibitions, private collections, the battlefields of Egypt and Sudan, and the writings of figures like Arthur Conan Doyle, Rider Haggard and Algernon Blackwood. Written in an open and accessible style, this volume is the product of over ten years research in London's most curious archives. It explores how we became fascinated with Egypt and how this fascination was fuelled by myth, mystery, and rumour. Moreover, it provides a new and startling path through the cultural history of Victorian England and its colonial possessions.

The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms

Author: Chris Baldick
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191044075
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 448
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The bestselling Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms provides clear and concise definitions of the most troublesome literary terms, from abjection to zeugma. It is an essential reference tool for students of literature in any language. Now expanded and in its fourth edition, it includes increased coverage of new terms from modern critical and theoretical movements, such as feminism, schools of American poetry, Spanish verse forms, life writing, and crime fiction. It includes extensive coverage of traditional drama, versification, rhetoric, and literary history, as well as updated and extended advice on recommended further reading and a pronunciation guide to more than 200 terms. Completely revised and updated, this edition also features brand-new entries on terms such as distant reading, graphic novels, middle generation, and misery memoir. Many new bibliographies have been added to entries and recommended web links are available via a companion website.

Grüner Tee

Author: Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Publisher: Jazzybee Verlag
ISBN: 3849646009
Category: Fiction
Page: 26
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"Geschichten für schlaflose Nächte" bietet Ihnen die schönsten, gruseligsten, unheimlichsten und atemberaubendsten Kurzgeschichten der okkulten und übernatürlichen Belletristik. Klassiker des Horror-, Geister- und Mystery-Genres erwachen hier zu neuem Leben. Band 11: Grüner Tee Der englische Geistliche Jennings gesteht dem okkulten Detektiv und Arzt Martin Hesselius, dass er von einem Dämon in Gestalt eines Affen verfolgt wird, der ständig versucht, in seinen Verstand einzudringen und nur für ihn selbst sichtbar ist. Als sich die Kreatur immer subtilerer psychologischer Methoden bedient, verschlechtert sich der Gesundheitszustand des Pfarrers zusehends. Und bald entdeckt Hesselius, welche Höllenpforte der Genuss von zu viel grünem Tee wirklich aufgestoßen hat ...

Confessions of an English Opium-Eater and Other Writings

Author: Thomas De Quincey
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191637904
Category: Fiction
Page: 384
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'I took it: - and in an hour, oh! Heavens! what a revulsion! what an upheaving, from its lowest depths, of the inner spirit! what an apocalypse of the world within me!' Thomas De Quincey's Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (1821) launched a fascination with drug use and abuse that has continued from his day to ours. In the Confessions De Quincey invents recreational drug taking, but he also details both the lurid nightmares that beset him in the depths of his addiction as well as his humiliatingly futile attempts to renounce the drug. Suspiria de Profundis centres on the deep afflictions of De Quincey's childhood, and examines the powerful and often paradoxical relationship between drugs and human creativity. In 'The English Mail-Coach', the tragedies of De Quincey's past are played out with horrifying repetitiveness against a backdrop of Britain as a Protestant and an imperial power. This edition presents De Quincey's finest essays in impassioned autobiography, together with three appendices that are highlighted by a wealth of manuscript material related to the three main texts. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Guide to Reprints

Author: Albert James Diaz
Publisher: K G Saur Verlag Gmbh & Co
ISBN: 9783598239076
Category: Out-of-print books
Page: 948
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The Subject Guide divides works into over 200 subject groups, facilitating targeted searches by the subject fields. Both parts of the Guide to Reprints contain an Index of Persons as Subject providing fast and reliable access to reprints focussing on specific individuals and their work. Each part also comes with an index of publishers and distributors worldwide along with all relevant information.

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms

Author: Chris Baldick
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780198608837
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 280
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Provides explanations of literary terms and includes information on such topics as drama, rhetoric, and textual criticism.

Draculas Wiederkehr

Tagungsband 1997
Author: Thomas Le Blanc,Clemens Ruthner,Bettina Twrsnick
Publisher: N.A
Category: Dracula, Count (Fictitious character)
Page: 262
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Fragment eines Romans

Author: Georg Weerth
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
ISBN: 3743706830
Category: Fiction
Page: 148
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Georg Weerth: Fragment eines Romans Entstanden 1843/44 und 1846/47. Erstdruck in: Sämtliche Werke, Berlin (Aufbau) 1957. Neuausgabe mit einer Biographie des Autors. Herausgegeben von Karl-Maria Guth. Berlin 2017. Textgrundlage ist die Ausgabe: Georg Weerth: Sämtliche Werke in fünf Bänden. Herausgegeben von Bruno Kaiser, Berlin: Aufbau, 1956/57. Die Paginierung obiger Ausgabe wird in dieser Neuausgabe als Marginalie zeilengenau mitgeführt. Umschlaggestaltung von Thomas Schultz-Overhage unter Verwendung des Bildes: Georg Weerth (Daguerrotypie, um 1851/52). Gesetzt aus der Minion Pro, 11 pt.

In Frankenstein's shadow

myth, monstrosity, and nineteenth-century writing
Author: Chris Baldick
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780198117261
Category: History
Page: 207
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The story of Frankenstein and the monster he created is one of our most important modern myths. This study surveys the history of the myth in literature before the advent of film. First examining the range of meanings generated by Mary Shelley's Frankenstein in light of images of political "monstrosity" produced by the French Revolution, Baldick goes on to trace the protean transformations of the myth in the fiction of Hoffmann, Hawthorne, Dickens, Melville, Conrad, and Lawrence, as well as in the historical and political writings of Carlyle and Marx and the science fiction of Stevenson and Wells. In conclusion, he shows that the myth's most powerful associations have centered on human relationships, the family, work, and politics.