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Le Solitaire by the Vicomte dArlincourt and the Development of European Horror Romanticism
Terry Hale

Gothic Studies
Tim Snelson

This article focuses on a cycle of late 1960s true crime films depicting topical mass/serial murders. It argues that the conjoined ethical and aesthetic approaches of these films were shaped within and by a complex climate of contestation as they moved from newspaper headlines to best-sellers lists to cinema screens. While this cycle was central to critical debates about screen violence during this key moment of institutional, regulatory and aesthetic transition, they have been almost entirely neglected or, at best, misunderstood. Meeting at the intersection of, and therefore falling between the gaps, of scholarship on the Gothic horror revival and New Hollywood’s violent revisionism, this cycle reversed the generational critical divisions that instigated a new era in filmmaking and criticism. Adopting a historical reception studies approach, this article challenges dominant understandings of the depiction and reception of violence and horror in this defining period.

Film Studies

A practical, critical and personal guide to the craft of crime writing by novelist and professor of creative writing, Henry Sutton. Drawing on exceptional experience and resource, the mystery of creating crime fiction which moves with pace and purpose, menace and motivation, is forensically and engagingly uncovered. The work of the genre’s greatest contributors, and that from many lesser known names from around the world, past and present, is explored with both practical acumen. Sutton also mines his own fiction for lessons learnt, and rules broken. Personal creative successes, struggles and surprises are candidly addressed. In nine entertaining chapters the key building blocks for crafting pertinent and characterful crime fiction, are illustrated and explained. The genre’s extraordinary dynamism, with its myriad and ever-evolving sub-genres, from the cosy to the most chilling noir, the police procedural to the geopolitical thriller, is knowingly captured. However, the individual and originality are given centre stage, while audience and inclusivity continually considered and championed. This is an essential guide for those interested in writing crime fiction that gets noticed and moves with the times, if not ahead of the times.

Berny Sèbe

author and his publisher reveal the impact of commercial interest on the publishing process that led to the celebration of the ‘brain of the Egyptian army’. 1 With Kitchener to Khartoum was the first book on Kitchener’s action to become a nationwide best-seller and it established the ‘Kitchener legend’. The present chapter shows step-by-step the publishing process that turned

in Heroic imperialists in Africa
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Robert H. MacDonald

particular time. I began by analysing some of the general rules which seemed to organise the metaphorical realities of empire; I ended by presenting the fictional worlds of two imperial best-sellers. Between these poles of ‘fact’ and ‘fiction’ I argued for the importance of a controlling narrative of empire, the myth of History, and explored its particular representations in the signs of the hero. The case

in The language of empire
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A region of beauty and delight?
Robert G. David

, and the numerous published narratives, provided an enormous amount of new information about Arctic landscapes and seascapes, atmospheric and other scientific phenomena, expedition activity and native peoples. Some, such as Franklin’s narrative of his first overland journey in Canada, became best-sellers. 2 Visual images proliferated as expedition members, though usually no more than amateur artists

in The Arctic in the British imagination 1818–1914
Irish-American fables of resistance
Eamonn Wall

Eamonn Wall’s discussion of Irish American Catholic experience reveals many similarities on either side of the pond, and some differences also. The Irish American authors and commentators provide unique perspectives on many facets of Irish life, including the unique role played by the Catholic Church. Among the authors discussed are Frank McCourt, whose account of a poor Catholic childhood in Limerick is so memorably captured in the best-seller, Angela’s Ashes, Colum McCann, Colm Tóibín and Mary Gordon. Similarly, the theologian Richard P. McBrien, journalist and writer Maureen Dezell, and sociologist Andrew Greely combine to illustrate the impact that the Irish Church has had on its American equivalent. Wall maintains that looking towards Ireland from the US, and drawing on American notions of egalitarianism and individual freedom, sometimes allows for a more dispassionate view of Ireland’s Catholic heritage and enables envisaging its future with a far greater clarity than can be achieved when change is all around you.

in Tracing the cultural legacy of Irish Catholicism
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Elizabeth Vandiver
Ralph Keen
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Thomas D. Frazel

author, to make him speak rapid, colloquial modern English (and in this case, American English at that, since I am an American translator)? Or is the translator’s job rather to try to preserve for the reader some sense of the distance between the original and this week’s best-seller, in terms of style, tone, and presentation? Cogent arguments can be and have been made for both of these approaches, often called the ‘foreignizing’ and the ‘domesticating’ schools of translation, and this is not the place to rehearse those arguments. In practice, each translator must find

in Luther’s lives
The popular novel in France
Diana Holmes

, but they did provide intense publicity that in some instances could turn a literary triumph into a best-seller. Moretti’s characterisation of the history of what most people read as relatively ‘immobile’ remains relevant to the twentieth century (Moretti 1998: 150). Dumas, Verne, Zola, and many of the feuilletonnistes continued to be very widely read in the low-price series inaugurated by Fayard in 1904–5, then rapidly emulated by competitors, as did the popular tales of Rouletabille and Fantômas. The compelling nature of popular classics was well established, and

in Imagining the popular in contemporary French culture
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A New Naval History brings together the most significant and interdisciplinary approaches to contemporary naval history. The last few decades have witnessed a transformation in how this topic is researched and understood, and this volume captures the state of a field that continues to develop apace. It examines – through the prism of naval affairs – issues of nationhood and imperialism; the legacy of Nelson; the sociocultural realities of life in ships and naval bases; and the processes of commemoration, journalism and stage-managed pageantry that plotted the interrelationship of ship and shore. This bold and original publication will be essential for undergraduate and postgraduate students of naval and maritime history. Beyond that, though, it marks an important intervention into wider historiographies that will be read by scholars from across the spectrum of social history, cultural studies and the analysis of national identity.