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Author: Amadeus Kang-Po Chen

Title: “…to poison and corrupt her soul”

Subtitle: Shelley’s Poetic Designs of Incest in The Cenci

Journal: Forum: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture & the Arts

Volume: -

Issue: 24

Year: Spring 2017

Pages: 12 pages

ISSN: 1749-9771 – Find a Library: Open Access Journal

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 19th Century | European History: English History | Offenders: Fathers, Sons; Representations: Literary Texts / Percy Bysshe Shelley; Types: Incestual Rape; Victims: Daughters, Mothers


Link: Forum (Free Access)


Author: Amadeus Kang-Po Chen, School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, University of Edinburgh

Abstract: »This paper examines Percy Bysshe Shelley’s designs of the father-daughter incest in his tragedy The Cenci. It proposes that Shelley’s deviation from his historical source, concerning Count Cenci’s atrocities and Beatrice’s characterizations, insinuates the idea of incest as the embodiment of a dark poetics that features identity annihilation and assimilation.« (Source: Forum)

Wikipedia: History of Europe: History of England / Georgian era | Literature: English literature / Romantic literature in English | 19th-century English writers: Percy Bysshe Shelley / The Cenci | Sex and the law: Incest