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Topic: MMMmm...19th Century German Horror Fiction. Ahhhhh

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Subject: MMMmm...19th Century German Horror Fiction. Ahhhhh
Date Posted: 6/22/2009 4:42 AM ET
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Anyone ever read "Undine" by Freidrich de la Motte Fouque? It's uber-fantastik!

Date Posted: 6/25/2009 1:17 AM ET
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Nope, never have.  What is it about? What did you like about it?

Date Posted: 7/8/2009 3:19 PM ET
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I'm reading Victorian ghost stories to give me the chills and cool me off for the summer, so I agree that the 19th century has it good points. But the 18th century is very strange too: magic-lantern shows, automatons, truthy Enlightenment science, etc. etc. And then traditional folk tales are really weird, too. Since January I've read (and they're now on my shelf) the influential German romatic: The Best Tales of Hoffmann :: E.T.A. Hoffmann and really horrible Norse fairy tales not suitable for people under 13 or the nervous of any age: East O' The Sun And West O' The Moon. I mean, we have the blood-curdlilng violence, but a much franker treatment of lrelations between men and women in peasant culture than I ever expected in folk tales.



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