In 1846, Edgar Allen Poe wrote that 'the death of a beautiful woman is, unquestionably, the most poetic topic in the world'. The conjuction of death, art and femininity forms a rich and disturbing strata of Western culture, explored here in fascinating detail by Elisabeth Bronfen. Her examples range from Carmen to Little Nell, from Wuthering Heights to Vertigo, from Sw White to Frankenstein. The text is richly illustrated throughout with thirty-seven paintings and photographs.
Elisabeth Bronfen is Professor of English and American Studies at the University of Zurich