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Incest in contemporary literature

Miles Leeson


This is the first edited collection of essays which focuses on the incest taboo and its literary and cultural presentation from the 1950s to the present day; it considers a number of authors rather than a single author from this period. This study discusses the impact of this change in attitudes on literature and literary adaptations in the latter half of the twentieth century, and early years of the twenty-first century. Although primarily concerned with fiction, the collection includes work on television and film. This collection will enhance the growing academic interest in trauma narrative ... More

Keywords: Incest, Contemporary Literature, Trauma, Childhood, Film, Television

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781526122162
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526122162.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Miles Leeson, editor
Director of the Iris Murdoch Research Centre at the University of Chichester

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Miles Leeson with Emma V. Miller

Part I Behind closed doors

Part II Incest and the child protagonist

Part III Incest as a political conceit

Part IV The rhetoric of narrating incest

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