Supernatural Literature, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1410339076
  • ISBN-13: 9781410339072
  • DDC: 809.9337
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 1585 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2017 | Published/Released March 2017
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The presence of the supernatural in literature has been used to make social commentary, to establish cultural identity, to explore class or gender roles, and much more. From ghosts to vampires, stories about the supernatural have been passed down through English literature and continue to fascinate modern readers. Supernatural Literature will provide thorough coverage of the literature of the supernatural across the canon, covering such works as Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

Supernatural Literature provides students with an essential guide to critical works, including both classic works and more popular, contemporary works that appeal to students. Scholarly treatment of contemporary works can be particularly difficult to uncover, and the combination of the classic and contemporary, with opportunities to compare works across the spectrum, makes this title a vital resource for both students and scholars.

Features and Benefits

  • The set includes 300 entries; each entry includes an overview of the work, an examination of the work’s historical/literary context and themes and style, a critical discussion, and a bibliography.
  • The set has an international scope, including works from over 40 countries.
  • Works covered include classic and contemporary texts from the ancient world to the present.
  • 300 mostly full-color photos and illustrations highlight the text.
  • 200 sidebars highlight key figures, historical events, and other relevant data.
  • 100 primary source text excerpts enhance the entry by providing the reader a small, but important, piece of the work being discussed.
  • Set includes a subject, author, and title index.

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  • Casebound Edition

    ISBN-10: 141033905X | ISBN-13: 9781410339058


This three-volume set includes three hundred essays on novels, novellas, short stories, poems, plays, and works of nonfiction that fall under the supernatural category. Each volume has one hundred essays…This work is highly recommended for academic libraries.

— American Reference Books Annual

Table of Contents

Volume 1: The Dead.
The Apparition by John Donne.
Beloved by Toni Morrison.
The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
Feeding the Ghosts by Fred D'Aguiar.
Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo.
The Ghost seer by Friedrich Schiller.
The Ghost Sonata by August Strindberg.
Ghost Stories at Yotsuya by Tsuruya Nanboku IV.
Ghosts by Cesar Aira.
Hamlet by William Shakespeare.
High Spirits by Robertson Davies.
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende.
Iliad by Homer.
In a Grove by Akutagawa Ryunosuke.
Lady Oracle by Margaret Atwood.
Letter 7.27 by Pliny the Younger.
Life and a Half by Sony Labou Tansi .
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel.
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters.
Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi.
My Life in the Bush of Ghosts by Amos Tutuola.
The Old English Baron: A Gothic Story by Clara Reeve.
The Overcoat by Nikolai Gogol.
The Phantom Rickshaw by Rudyard Kipling.
The Queen of Spades by Aleksandr Pushkin.
Specters by Radwa Ashour.
The Spectral Horseman by Percy Bysshe Shelley.
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James.
A View from a Hill by M.R. James.
Woman in Black by Susan Hill.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.
Already Dead: A California Gothic by Denis Johnson.
Come Closer by Sara Gran.
The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty.
Harare North by Brian Chikwava.
The Kingdom of this World by Alejo Carpentier.
Lady of Hay by Barbara Erskine.
The Other by Thomas Tryon.
Possession by A. S. Byatt.
The Return by Walter de la Mare.
The Shining by Stephen King.
Tale of Genji The by Murasaki Shikibu.
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.
Travelling Mercies by Lorna Goodison.
Wieland: or, The Transformation by Charles Brockden Brown.
Wild Seed by Octavia Butler.
The Returned:
Come Lady Death by Peter S. Beagle.
Duppy by Anthony C. Winkler.
The Famished Road by Ben Okri.
Ghost Story by Peter Straub.
Hamel, the Obeah Man by Cynric R. Williams.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving.
Lenore by Gottfried August Bürger.
The Monkey's Paw by W. W. Jacobs.
Pet Sematary by Stephen King.
Sabriel by Garth Nix.
The Screaming Skull by Francis Marion Crawford.
Tales of Moonlight and Rain by Ueda Akinari.
The Traveling Companion by Hans Christian Andersen.
The Bride of Corinth by Goethe.
Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu.
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris.
Dracula by Bram Stoker.
Fevre Dream by George R. R. Martin.
Fledgling by Octavia Butler.
The Giaour: A Fragment of a Turkish Tale by Lord Byron.
Greedy Choke Puppy by Nalo Hopkinson.
The Hunger by Whitley Strieber.
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson.
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice.
Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist.
Luela Miller by Mary Wilkins Freeman.
Salem's Lot by Stephen King.
The Spider by Hanns Heinz Ewers.
Thalaba the Destroyer by Robert Southey.
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.
The Vampyre by John Polidori.
Varney the Vampire by James Malcolm Rymer.
Vlad by Carlos Fuentes.
White Is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi.
Breathers: A Zombie's Lament by S. G. Browne.
Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson.
Cathedral of the August Heat by Pierre Clitandre.
Corinne, Ambiable Girl by Mayra Montero.
Down Among the Dead Men by Dany Leferierre.
Feed by Mira Grant.
Handling the Undead by John Ajvide Lindqvist.
Herbert West-Reanimator by H. P. Lovecraft.
In the Palm of Darkness by Mayara Montero.
The Magic Island by W. B. Seabrook.
Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry.
Questionable Shape A by Bennett Sims.
The Reapers are the Angels by Alden Bell.
The Serpent and the Rainbow by Wade Davis.
Tell My Horse by Zora Neale Hurston.
The Walking Dead (Vol 1: Days Gone By) by Robert Kirkman.
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion.
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks.
Zone One by Colson Whitehead.
Volume 2: Magic.
Bargains and Curses:
Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti.
History of the Caliph Vathek by William Beckford.
The Lady of Shalott by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.
Mama Day by Gloria Naylor.
Rappaccini's Daughter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
The Ring by Koji Suzuki.
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by Unknown.
The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter by Unknown.
Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton.
Enchantment by Kevin Crossley Holland.
The King of the Golden River by John Ruskin.
Kingdoms of Elfin by Sylvia Townsend Warner.
La Belle Dame Sans Merci by John Keats.
Laval by Marie de France.
A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare.
Mopsa the Fairy by Jean Ingelow.
Mortal Love by Elizabeth Hand.
Puck of Pook's Hill by Rudyard Kipling.
Queen Mab by Percy Shelley.
The Rose and the Ring by William Makepeace Thackeray.
The Secret Commonwealth by Robert Kirk.
Stardust by Neil Gaiman.
Tam Lin by Pamela Dean.
Thomas the Rhymer by Ellen Kushner.
Magical Places:
The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson.
The Castle of Crossed Destinies by Italo Calvino.
The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole.
Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe.
The Forest of a Thousand Demons by D. O. Fagunwa.
The Garden of Forking Paths by Jorge Luis Borges.
Grimm's Fairy Tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.
Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift.
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski.
The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
House Taken Over by Julio Cortazar.
The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe.
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende.
One Thousand and One Nights by Various.
Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio by Pu Songling.
The Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe.
Argonautica by Appolonius of Rhodes.
Limits of Enchantment by Graham Joyce.
St Leon by William Godwin.
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys.
Zofloya by Charlotte Dacre.
The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak.
Don't Look Now by Daphne du Maurier.
Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco.
The Grass Dancer by Susan Power.
The Lifted Veil by George Eliot.
Midnight's Children by Salmon Rushdie.
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Prophecy of Merlin by John of Cornwall.
The Rocking-Horse Winner by D. H. Lawrence.
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya.
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain.
Gilgamesh by Anonymous.
The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury.
The Holy Man of Mount Koya by Izumi Kyoka.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.
The Magicians by Lev Grossman.
Mahabharata by Vyasa.
Odyssey by Homer.
The Palm-Wine Drinkard by Amos Tutuola.
Perceval, the Story of the Grail by Chretien de Troyes.
The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan.
Prose Edda by Snorri Sturluson ed..
Ramayana by Valmiki.
The Tale of Kieu by Nguyen Du.
Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville.
Zoo City by Lauren Beukes.
The Concubine by Elechi Amadi.
The Glass Graduate by Cervantes.
I, Titube, Black Witch of Salem by Mayse Conde.
Idyll No. 2 by Theocritus.
Jonah's Gourd Vine by Zora Neale Hurston.
Macbeth by William Shakespeare.
Masks by Enchi Fumiko.
Medea by Euripedes.
Philopseudes "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" by Lucian.
The Revenge of Truth by Isaak Dinesen.
Smile of a Mountain Witch by Oba Minako.
Thrawn Janet by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Xala by Ousmane Sembene.
Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay by Robert Greene.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling.
The Histories by Herodotus.
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke.
La-Bas by J. K. Huysmans.
The Last Harmattan of Alusine Dunbar by Syl Cheney-Coker.
Mumbo Jumbo by Ishmael Reed.
The Necromancer by Ludwig Flammenger .
Of One Blood by Pauline Hopkins.
Orlando Furioso by Ariosto.
Ruslan and Ludmila by Aleksandr Pushkin.
The Tempest by William Shakespeare.
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin.
Volume 3: Monsters and Beasts.
Demons and Devils:
The Devil to Pay in the Backlands by Joao Guimaraes Rosa.
Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe.
The Devils of Loudon by Aldous Huxley.
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell by William Blake.
The Monk by Matthew Lewis.
Paradise Lost by John Milton.
The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis.
The Sorrows of Satan by Marie Corelli.
The Devil in Love by Jacques Cazotte.
The Temptation of St. Anthony by Gustave Flaubert.
Who Slashes Celanire's Throat? by Maryse Conde.
Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin.
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.
Inferno by Dante Alighieri.
Demon by Mikhail Lermontov.
Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
Viy by Nikolai Gogol.
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov.
The Accursed by Joyce Carol Oates.
Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin.
The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser.
Historia Regum Britanniae by Geoffrey of Monmouth.
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkein.
The Story of Sigurd the Volsung and the Fall of the Niblungs by William Morris.
Tristan and Isolde by Gottfried von Strassburg.
The Saga of the Volsungs by Unknown.
Eragon by Christopher Paolini.
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin.
His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik.
Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis.
Beowulf by Anonymous.
The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame.
Nibelungenlied by Anonymous.
Hybrid Monsters:
Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson.
The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen.
The Island of Dr. Moreau by H. G. Wells.
Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll.
Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter.
The Romans of Partenay by La Coudrette.
The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood.
Alraune by Hanns Heinz Ewers.
Ogun Abibiman by Wole Soyinka.
Natural History by Pliny the Elder.
The Call of Cthulu by H. P. Lovecraft.
Grendel by John Gardner.
It! by Theodore Sturgeon.
Mrs. Caliban by Rachel Ingalis.
The Sphinx by Edgar Allen Poe.
The Terror by Dan Simmons.
Manmade Monsters:
Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley.
The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells.
The Kraken by Alfred Lord Tennyson.
The Magician by W. Somerset Maugham.
Sredni Vashtar by Saki.
The Waxwork by A. M. Burrage.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne.
Faust: Part Two by Goethe.
The Golem by Gustav Meyrink.
The Golem by Isaac Bashevis Singer.
Poor Things by Alasdair Gray.
The Homunculus by David H. Keller.
Patchwork Girl by Shelley Jackson.
The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen.
Monstrous Transformations:
The Beetle by Richard Marsh.
Lady into Fox by David Garnett.
Lamia by John Keats.
The Mark of the Beast by Rudyard Kipling.
The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman.
The Were-Wolf by Clemence Housman.
Bisclavret by Marie de France.
The Horla by Guy de Maupassant.
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka.
Satyricon/Cena Trimalcionis 61.6-62: Werewolf Story by Petronius.
Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Under the Skin by Michel Faber.
Kaya Abaniah and the Father of the Forest by Wayne Gerard Trotman.
The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury.
At the Mountains of Madness by H. P. Lovecraft.
The Damned Thing by Ambrose Bierce.
Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow.
The Werewolf of Paris by Guy Endore.
The Wolfen by Whitley Strieber.
Sexual Predators:
Investiture of the Gods by Unknown.
The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter.
Body's Beauty and Eden Bower by Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
Christabel by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
The Demon Lover by Elizabeth Bowen.
Descent into Hell by Charles Williams.
A Mad World, My Masters by Thomas Middleton.
She by H. Rider Haggard.
The Succubus by Honore de Balzac.
Kappa by Ryunosuke Akutagawa.
The Woman with the Flying Head by Kurahashi Yumiko.
Yuki-Onna by Lafcadio Hearn.
The Blood Countess by Andrei Codrescu.
Metamorphoses by Ovid.
Metamorphosis by Apuleius.
The Mermaid by Anne Bannerman.
Tracks by Louise Erdrich.
The Treasure Box by Orson Scott Card.

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