Paper $32.00 ISBN: 9781904558781 Published March 2007 For sale in North America only
Cloth $60.00 ISBN: 9781904558798 Published March 2007 For sale in North America only

Vision and Vacancy

The Fictions of J.S. Le Fanu

James Walton

Vision and Vacancy

James Walton

Distributed for University College Dublin Press

240 pages
Paper $32.00 ISBN: 9781904558781 Published March 2007 For sale in North America only
Cloth $60.00 ISBN: 9781904558798 Published March 2007 For sale in North America only
Underlying the melodrama and moralism, the orthodoxy and mysticism of Uncle Silas, W. J. Mc Cormack has discovered a ’sinister vacancy from which authority has withdrawn’. The remark might be applied to the whole body of Sheridan Le Fanu’s fiction. "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.
Contents
Introduction - Hauntings, Domestic and Foreign 1 ’Mad Feary Father’ - ’Schalken the Painter’ and Le Fanu’s Art of Darkness 2 Haunted Heroines and Others - From Canterbury to Country House Natural Supernaturalism Names For the Outlaw Vanity Fair Notes Works Cited Index.
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