The Gothic World of Anne Rice

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Gary Hoppenstand, Ray Broadus Browne
Popular Press, 1996 - Fiction - 261 pages
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Directly and in considerable detail this anthology argues for the serious study of the literary oeuvre of Anne Rice, a major figure in popular literature today. This writer of gothic fiction attracts not only great general interest among readers but also much serious scholarly attention among those who recognize in her work evidence of sophisticated characterization and intricate plotting. Such readers find allusions in Rice's work to that of Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto, to Ann Radcliffe's gothic romances, such as The Mysteries of Udolpho, and to Bram Stoker's Dracula, as do such present-day authors as Clive Barker, Robert R. McCammon, and Stephen King. The essays in this volume assert that Rice goes far beyond the conventions of the formula to examine important contemporary social issues. Like a handful of authors working in the horror genre, Rice perceives in its otherwise predictable narrative structures a way by which a larger, more interesting cultural mythology can be developed, as the editors of this volume point out. In short, Rice may be said to search for philosophical truth, examining themes of good and evil, the influence on people and society of both nature and nurture, "the conflict and dependence of humanism and science," as one essayist states.
 

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I love this. Very deep insights into not only Anne Rice's inner life, but the elements of Gothic fiction and her brilliant use of the archetypes. Essays by various scholars on many facets of Rice's books. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The Lived World of Anne Rices Novels
13
The Anthropological Vision of Anne Rice
35
Anne Rices
55
Byron Stoker Rice
71
Raising Holy Hell Harlequin Style
91
Eroticism as Moral Fulcrum in Rices Vampire Chronicles
109
Novel Versus Film
123
Religious Codes and Rituals in The Vampire Lestat
149
Anne Rices The Tale of the Body Thief and the Astral Projection
163
Genetic Disaster
173
The Historical Novels of Anne Rice
197
Gens de Couleur Libre Ethnic Identity
215
A Television Tribute to Anne
231
Contributors
247
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About the author (1996)

Ray Browne was born in Millport, Alabama, in 1922, and was educated at the University of Alabama, Columbia University, and the University of California at Los Angeles. As founder of the Popular Culture Association (1970) and of the Department of Popular Culture at Bowling Green University. Browne was an early advocate of applying serious study to popular culture. Roy B. Browne died on October 22, 2009.

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