Fantastic encounters: identity, belief and the supernatural in works by Paul Féval

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dc.contributor Zupancic, Metka
dc.contributor Edmunds, Bruce
dc.contributor Robin, Jean-Luc
dc.contributor Grout, Holly
dc.contributor.advisor Mayer-Robin, Carmen Holley, William Bradley 2017-03-01T16:24:11Z 2017-03-01T16:24:11Z 2011
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000804
dc.identifier.other Holley_alatus_0004D_10940
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Nineteenth-century French fantastic tales are rampant with supernatural creatures and events. The manifestation of supernatural phenomena, as a literary device, creates a relationship between the reader and the author that allows the reader to negotiate the fictional world the author has created. The belief that the reader is able to accord to the supernatural, and thus the narrative as a whole can fluctuate depending upon the reader's own perception. By questioning identity, as well as by introducing archetypal images such as the femme fatale, the author is also able to modify the reader's perception by integrating historical figures and events that promote credibility to the overall narrative. Paul Féval, a French nineteenth-century novelist, demonstrates the author's role of establishing the author-reader relationship in many of his fantastic tales and works of popular fiction. This study examines the supernatural figures, most notably vampires, fairies, and ogres, which Féval uses to engage readers and promote belief in the narrative worlds he creates.
dc.format.extent 205 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Literature
dc.title Fantastic encounters: identity, belief and the supernatural in works by Paul Féval
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Dept. of Modern Languages and Classics French The University of Alabama doctoral Ph.D.

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