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By Justin Edwards, Rune Graulund


168 pages

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Grotesque provides an invaluable and accessible guide to the use (and abuse) of this complex literary term. Justin D. Edwards and Rune Graulund explore the influence of the grotesque on cultural forms throughout history, with particular focus on its representation in literature, visual art and film.

The book:

  • presents a history of the literary grotesque from Classical writing to the present
  • examines theoretical debates around the term in their historical and cultural contexts
  • introduce readers to key writers and artists of the grotesque, from Homer to Rabelais, Shakespeare, Carson McCullers and David Cronenberg
  • analyses key terms such as disharmony, deformed and distorted bodies, misfits and freaks
  • explores the grotesque in relation to queer theory, post-colonialism and the carnivalesque.

Grotesque presents readers with an original and distinctive overview of this vital genre and is an essential guide for students of literature, art history and film studies.

Table of Contents

1. Grotesquerie 2. Groteskology; or, Grotesque in Theory 3. Monstrous and Grotesque 4. Grotesque Bodies 5. Disharmony and Transgression 6. Attraction/Repulsion 7. Laughter and Grotesque 8. Queerly Grotesque 9. Postcolonial Grotesque Conclusion: Global Grotesque

About the Authors/Editor

Justin D. Edwards is Research Professor of English at University of Surrey. He has taught at the universities of Copenhagen, Quebec and Montreal, and he has held research fellowships at Churchill College, Cambridge (2005-6) and Cambridge University’s Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) in 2010.

Rune Graulund is a Lecturer in English at University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. He has taught literature and cultural studies at the University of Copenhagen and the University of London.

About the Series

The New Critical Idiom

The New Critical Idiom is an invaluable series of introductory guides designed to meet the needs of today's students grappling with the complexities of modern critical terminology. Each book in the series provides:

  • A clear, explanatory guide to the use (and abuse) of the term
  • An original and distinctive overview by a leading literary and cultural critic
  • Helpful definitions of the boundaries between the literary and non-literary
  • Basic guidance for the introductory reader in how the term relates to the larger field of cultural representation

With a strong emphasis on clarity, lively debate and the widest possible breadth of examples, The New Critical Idiom is an indispensable guide to key topics in literary studies.

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