The Entrapments of Form : Cruelty and Modern Literature / Catherine Toal.
- New York, NY : Fordham University Press, 
1 online resource (184 pages)
- American literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Cruelty in literature.
French literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Modernism (Literature) -- France.
Modernism (Literature) -- United States.
- Local subjects:
- American Literature.
- In English.
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- Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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- Arguing that cruelty acquires a new meaning in modernity, The Entrapments of Form follows its evolution through exchanges between French and American literature over the contradictions of Enlightenment (slavery, genocide, libertine aristocratic privilege). Catherine Toal traces Edgar Allan Poe's influence on the Sadean legacy, Melville's fictional dramatization of Tocqueville, and Henry James's response to the aesthetic of his French contemporaries, including Flaubert. The result is not simply a work that provides close readings of key literary texts of the nineteenth century-Benito Cereno, The Turn of the Screw, Les Chants de Maldoror-but one that shows how in this era cruelty develops a specific narrative structure, one that is confirmed by the manner of its negation in twentieth-century philosophy. The final chapters address this shift: the postwar French reception of Sade and the relationship between American cultural theory and the rhetoric of the so-called war on terror.
Introduction: The "Strange and Familiar Word"
Chapter One. The Forms of the Perverse
Chapter Two. "Some Things Which Could Never Have Happened"
Chapter Three. Murder and "Point of View"
Chapter Four. The Marquis de Sade in the Twentieth Century
Chapter Five. American Cruelty
- Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 23. Jul 2020)
- De Gruyter.
- Contained In:
- De Gruyter University Press Library.
- Publisher Number:
- 10.1515/9780823269372 doi
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- Restricted for use by site license.
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