Vision and Vacancy: The Fictions of J.S. Le Fanu

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University College Dublin Press, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 229 pages
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A study of the withdrawal of authority in the fiction of J.S. Le Fanu. Vision and Vacancy follows the course of his attraction to the void, and his resistance to it, from the beginning to the end of his career. By placing his work within the appropriate contexts of early apparition narrative and modern ghost story, English and Continental novel. Walton's study provides not only the most thorough account of the richness of his techniques but shows how cosmopolitan influences were an inescapable condition of his (Anglo-) Irishness.

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J.S. Le Fanu has long been hailed as an important ghost story and horror writer of the Victorian era, albeit one who has slipped in widespread popularity over the years. Walton (English, emeritus ... Read full review


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James Walton is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Notre Dame.

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