The volume is the result of an international and multidisciplinary research project dedicated to the "Paradigms of creativity", which linked the University of Bergamo and the Sorbonne University in Paris. The research group has put in dialogue professors and researchers belonging to the humanities: languages and literature, the history of art and visual culture, the disciplines of entertainment, history, cinema, musicology, comics.
At the center of the investigation are the "terrifying intimations": objects, people, situations that generate fear, not identifiable visually or physically. The attention is focused in particular on the feeling of fear that germinates from voids, silences, short circuits of language and representation, all symptoms of its mysterious while always carsically active presence.
Figures of Fear
Fear at the Frontier of the Visible in 'Ariane et Barbe-Bleue', Maurice Maeterlinck and Paul Dukas
Echoes in the Dark: Musings Around a Novel by Ann Radcliffe
Terrifying Intimations in the Arab of the Future by Riad Sattouf
The Imagery of the Doll: The Simulacrum and Fear
The Incomprehensible in Barbey d’Aurevilly's 'L’Ensorcelée'
Blind Date: The Lesson of the Darkness
Fear and Contagion in the Cinema: Representation at the Limits of What Is Visible
"Unspeakable Shivers of Fear": Alfredo Sainati and the Italian Grand Guignol
The Fear of Heredity in 19th-Century French Literature
The Silence of the Chimeras
History of a Frightening Imaginary: Wolves and Werewolves in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period
Theatrical Horror at the Limits of the Possible: ‘Stage Illusionisms’ in the 19th and 20th Centuries
Anna Maria Testaverde
At the Edges of the Visible: Mythologies of Punishment
Giovanni C.F. Villa
The Inventory of Terror in Max Ernst’s 'romans-collages'
Index of Names