Nightmare: From Literary Experiments to Cultural Project

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BRILL, Nov 13, 2012 - Literary Criticism - 263 pages
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What is a nightmare as a psychological experience, a literary experiment and a cultural project? Why has experiencing a nightmare under the guise of reading a novel, watching a film or playing a video game become a persistent requirement of contemporary mass culture? By answering these questions, which have not been addressed by literary criticism and cultural studies, we can interpret anew the texts of classic authors. Charles Maturin, Nikolai Gogol, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Thomas Mann, Howard Philips Lovecraft and Victor Pelevin carry out bold experiments on their heroes and readers as they seek to investigate the nature of nightmare in their works. This book examines their prose to reveal the unstudied features of the nightmare as a mental state and traces the mosaic of coincidences leading from literary experiments to today s culture of nightmare consumption.
 

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Contents

Part One The Nightmare of Literature
1
Chapter One Sources
9
Chapter Two The Nightmare Alphabet
61
Chapter Three The Muteness of Nightmares
107
Thomas Mann Joseph and His Brothers
193
Chapter Five The Nightmare of Culture
209
References
251
Index
259
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Dina Khapaeva (Chair, Professor, School of Modern Languages, Georgia Tech), is the author of four monographs (including Nouveau portrait de la Russie: essais sur la soci t gothique, translated from Russian by Nina Kehayan, Eds. de l Aube, 2012 forthcoming) and has published more than 50 articles concerning historical memory, intellectual history, the history of culture and literary criticism.

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