The Rise of Supernatural Fiction, 1762-1800 by E. J. CleryThe Rise of Supernatural Fiction, 1762-1800 by E. J. Clery

The Rise of Supernatural Fiction, 1762-1800

byE. J. Clery

Paperback | September 20, 1999

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A genre of supernatural fiction was among the more improbable products of the Age of Enlightenment. This book questions the historical reasons for its growing popularity in the late eighteenth century. Beginning with the notorious case of the Cock Lane ghost, a performing poltergeist who became a major attraction in London in 1762, and with Garrick's spellbinding and paradigmatic performance as the ghost-seeing Hamlet, it moves on to look at the Gothic novels of Horace Walpole, Ann Radcliffe, M. G. Lewis, and others, in unexpected new lights, drawing out the connection between fictions of the supernatural and the growth of consumerism.
Title:The Rise of Supernatural Fiction, 1762-1800Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.55 inPublished:September 20, 1999Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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ISBN - 10:0521664586

ISBN - 13:9780521664585

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Part I. Techniques of Ghost-Seeing: 1. The case of the Cock Lane ghost; 2. Producing enthusiastic terror; Part II. The Business of Romance: 3. The advantages of history; 4. Back to the future; 5. The value of the supernatural in a commercial society; Part III. The Strange Luxury of Artificial Terror: 6. Women, luxury and the sublime; 7. The supernatural explained; 8. Like a heroine; Part IV. Magico-Political Tales: 9. The terrorist system; 10. Conspiracy, subversion, supernaturalism; Afterword; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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Supernatural fiction plays a significant role in today’s popular culture. But the fact that it is a product of the Age of Enlightenment is somewhat surprising. In The Rise of Supernatural Fiction, 1762-1800, E.J. Clery questions the historical reasons for its growing popularity in the late 18th century. Beginning with the case of the Cock Lane ghost, Clery draws out the connection between fictions of the supernatural and the growth of consumerism.

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"Clery's is one of the best books on the novel in the Romantic period which I have recently read. Altogether, Clery's book is a landmark." Romanticism