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Specter or Delusion

Supernatural in Gothic Fiction

By (author) Margaret L. Carter
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 30th Nov 1987
Dimensions: h 240mm
ISBN-10: 0773419845
ISBN-13: 9780773419841
Barcode No: 9780773419841
This is a full-length study exploring the connections among narrative viewpoint, fictional characters' belief or disbelief in the supernatural, and attitudes toward non-material reality in the society to which the author belongs. Themes of uncertainty and madness dominate these works. The protagonist and the implied reader are forced to question the entire spiritual realm and the nature of reality. This study shows how these conflicts mirror cultural attitudes, from the rationalism of the 18th century to the scepticism and scientific preoccupations of the 19th.

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