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The Grotesque





ISBN 9781315309453
Published July 13, 2017 by Routledge
94 Pages

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Book Description

First published in 1972, this book provides a helpful overview of the grotesque and its use in a number of literary genres including novels, drama and poetry. After providing a historical summary of the term, the book discusses the various defining aspects of the grotesque and its relationship to other terms and modes of literature, such as satire, the comic and parody. The final chapter presents the functions and purpose of the grotesque in literature.

This book will be a useful resource for those studying literary theory and literary works which include an element of the grotesque.

Table of Contents

General Editor’s Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction 2. The Term and Concept ‘Grotesque’: A Historical Summary 3. Towards a Definition 4. The Grotesque and Related Terms and Modes 5. Functions and Purposes of the Grotesque; Select Bibliography; Index

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