edited by John D. Lyons
contributions by Caroline Warman, Guy Spielmann, Philippe Roger, Alison Booth, Jennifer Tsien, Jocelyn Moore, Hervé-Thomas Campangne, David LaGuardia, Timothy Chesters, John D. Lyons, Kathleen Long, Marina S. Brownlee, Maria Tausiet and Michael Meere
University of Delaware Press, 2011
Paper: 978-1-64453-163-1 | Cloth: 978-1-64453-162-4 | eISBN: 978-1-64453-164-8
Library of Congress Classification PN56.T68D37 2019
Dewey Decimal Classification 809.9162

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.

Published by University of Delaware Press. Distributed worldwide by Rutgers University Press.