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  1. Eros in Fantasy: Complete text of the presentation.
  2. Presentation handout.
  3. Annabel Lee, E. A. Poe: Second handout.
  4. Whiteboard notes.
  5. Conclusion.
  6. Bibliography.

Our study of Eros in fantasy will be based on seven short stories (A. Bierce's The Death of Halpin Frayser, Ch. Dickens's The Signalman, Hawthorne's The Minister's Black Veil, P. Highsmith's The Snail-Watcher, H. P. Lovecraft's The Festival, R. Matheson's Born of Man and Woman, E. A. Poe's The Black Cat) and two short excerpts from Gothic novels (M. G. Lewis's The Monk and A. Radcliffe's The Mysteries of Udolpho) but occasional reference will be made to other works by these authors and also to Henry James, the Brontë sisters and Le Fanu. We will begin with a brief presentation of the Greek myth of Eros. The second part of this study will consider the problem of knowledge in relation to the erotic dimension of literary fantasies. We will turn to the different manifestations of Eros in fantasy and the process of attraction-repulsion in the third part of this study before examining, in our fourth and final part, two erotic motifs which, latently or overtly, introduce and erotic dimension. They have been used in a variety of texts and we will try to find them in the ones we have selected.

[...] Lewis) and the eroticism that accompanies it are two fantastic elements that we find in fantasy on a regular basis. To this, we could add that because the fantastic experience is one of hesitation between the physically palpable world and that which is not to be grasped, it has also become a process of constant balancing between Eros and Thanatos. The ephemeral Eros offers the possibility to temporarily forget the imminent, unavoidable reality of Thanatos and E. A. Poe's writing, and especially his poetry, is a case in point. [...]

[...] Eros in Fantasy (HANDOUT 1 Who/What is Eros? 2 The Symbollic Dimention Mars Disarmed by Venus (1824), J-L. David Adam and Eve with the Tree of Knowledge as Death (1587 ) Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels From Jacob Ruegg's De conceptu et generatione hominis 3 Attraction Repulsion 4 Two Reccurent Motifs Monk and Sleeping Figure (1927), Allen Lewis Medusa (c. 1598), Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio Illustration for W. Whitman's The Half Breed and Other Stories 1 ANNABEL LEE 2 (HANDOUT II) by Edgar Allan Poe (1849) It was many and many a year ago, In a kingdom by the sea, That a maiden there lived whom you may know By the name of ANNABEL And this maiden she lived with no other thought Than to love and be loved by me. [...]

[...] Following 19th century discoveries in the field of the unconscious, a great number of fantasies on aberrant sexuality appeared but even before that, the medium of literary fantasy had already seen some pre- Freudian musings on the subject (e.g. E. A. Poe's). It is often claimed that in some of those texts unconscious sexual desire and conscious sexual aversion (e. g. the heroines of Ann Radcliffe) go together and that the phenomenon ?attraction-repulsion? is one of the driving forces of fantasy. [...]

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