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The hero of the story is a demonic lover—dark, handsome, mysterious, and dangerously seductive. The heroine—beautiful, and innocent—willingly becomes his victim and is destroyed by him. This story of demon-lover and victim, always charged with passion, has been told over and over, from Greek mythology through contemporary fiction and films.
Demon-Lovers and Their Victims in British Fiction is the first historical and structural exploration of the demon-lover motif, with emphasis on major works of British fiction from the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries; it will interest those concerned with gender role conflicts in literature and with the mutual influence of oral and written texts of folklore and formal literature.
Toni Reed is a lecturer in the Department of English at The Ohio State University. This book was a runner-up for the 1987 Midwest Modern Language Association Book Award.
The University Press of Kentucky
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Demons, Demonology, Evil in literature, Victims in literature
Literature in English, British Isles
Reed, Toni, "Demon-Lovers and Their Victims in British Fiction" (1988). Literature in English, British Isles. 21.