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The Entrapments of Form
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The Entrapments of Form

Catherine Toal

Abstract

“Cruelty” is intuitively recognized by readers as a theme and even a dramatic kernel of literary works, especially in portrayals of human interaction. Philosophers have proposed that literature is uniquely suited for examining the problem of cruelty, suggesting that it cannot be accommodated by abstract or idealizing system. What if, however, cruelty in modern literature possesses a specific form? This book elucidates that essential structure. Beginning with an overview of the historical development of the concept, it argues that the post-Enlightenment model of cruelty manifests a new and dete ... More

Keywords: American literature, critical theory, cruelty, French literature, literary form, Henry James, Hermann Melville, psychoanalysis, Edgar Allan Poe

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780823269341
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823269341.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine Toal, author
Bard College Berlin