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.
Feature & 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.