American Supernatural Tales (Penguin Classics) by S. T. Joshi

By S. T. Joshi

Contains "The Yellow Sign," the main terrible tale from The King in Yellow, the vintage horror assortment by way of Robert W. Chambers featured on HBO's hit television sequence precise Detective

As Stephen King will attest , the recognition of the occult in American literature has in simple terms grown because the days of Edgar Allan Poe. American Supernatural stories celebrates the richness of this custom with chilling contributions from a few of the nation's brightest literary lighting, together with Poe himself, H. P. Lovecraft, Shirley Jackson, Ray Bradbury, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and-of path- Stephen King. by way of turns phantasmagoric, spectral, and demonic, this number of unusual American fiction is a frighteningly reliable addition to Penguin Classics.

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10] Voir H. Webster , Le tabou, Payot, 1952. [11] M. Douglas , De la souillure, Maspero, 1971. [12] J. Cazeneuve , Sociologie du rite, puf, 1971, p. 57. Chapitre V Les critiques du sacré Bien que le sacré soit devenu une catégorie opératoire de l’ensemble des sciences humaines depuis leur naissance et donc un instrument d’interprétation majeur de toute la culture humaine, il n’a cessé de faire l’objet de critiques variées, tant internes, pour discriminer certaines formes au profit d’autres, soit externes.

Dans les rites d’impureté du tabou, la purification veut être protectrice du monde profane, dans les rites négatifs religieux, la purification accompagne la sortie hors du profane et prépare à recevoir les forces sacrées gratifiantes et donc pures. Le sacré consisterait donc non dans la manipulation des forces antithétiques du pur et de l’impur, mais dans la sublimation de l’impureté. C’est ainsi que pour le phénoménologue E. Van der Leeuw, le sacré doit être limité à la perception unilatérale du caractère augustus, source du respect sacré, les rituels négatifs du tabou devant être ramenés à des pratiques magiques.

Durkheim, puis par R. Caillois. 1. Le tabou Le lien établi entre l’impureté et le religieux s’appuie sur l’existence, dans les sociétés primitives, du tabou [10]. Ce terme polynésien est devenu une catégorie psychosociologique désignant des interdits propres à certains objets ou actes dont la transgression s’accompagne d’effets néfastes. Certains mélanges inhabituels, certaines associations d’objets, certaines manipulations bien précises sont, sans raison apparente, prohibés sous peine d’une rupture de l’ordre du monde.

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