© 1997

Scarlet Letters

Fictions of Adultery from Antiquity to the 1990s


Table of contents

  1. Films and Fictions

  2. Back Matter
    Pages 229-232

About this book


Scarlet Letters explores the fascination exerted by adultery throughout the long history of western cultures. Critics from the UK, USA and Australia, working in a variety of specialisms, have contributed to this substantial new collection of close readings and wider contextualisations. As well as focusing on the bourgeois nineteenth century as the high age of representations of adultery, the book offers historicist and psychoanalytic analyses of texts ranging from the Amphitryon myth to Fatal Attraction and The Piano .


Analyse Close reading identity novel USA

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of FrenchRoyal Holloway, University of LondonUK
  2. 2.Department of French StudiesUniversity of ReadingUK

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