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Haunted by words : scandalous texts

Miller, Alyson 2013, Haunted by words : scandalous texts, Peter Lang, Bern, Switzerland.

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Title Haunted by words : scandalous texts
Author(s) Miller, Alyson
Publication date 2013
Total pages 246p.
Publisher Peter Lang
Place of Publication Bern, Switzerland
Keyword(s) scandalous literature
controversy
anxiety
children's literature
women
gender
sexuality
fakes
blasphemy
Salman Rushdie
DH Lawrence
Flaubert
Bret Easton Ellis
JK Rowling
Notes This book critically examines a wide range of contemporary literary scandals in order to identify the cultural and literary anxieties revealed by controversial works. It explores how scandal predominantly emerges in relation to texts which offer challenging representations concerning children, women, sexuality, religion and authenticity, and how literary controversies bring to the surface a series of concerns about the complex construction of identity, history and reality. Including works such as J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series (1996–2007), Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho (1991), James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces (2003), Misha Defonseca’s Misha: A Mémoire of the Holocaust (1997), Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses (1988) and Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy (1995–2000), the author analyses a broad spectrum of texts in order to examine why books continue to provoke public debate and outrage, and what the arguments surrounding scandalous works suggest about literature and the world.
ISBN 9783034313957
Language eng
Field of Research 200524 Comparative Literature Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950203 Languages and Literature
HERDC Research category A1 Books - authored - research
ERA Research output type A Book
HERDC collection year 2013
Copyright notice ©2013, Peter Lang
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30052715

Document type: Book
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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