‘E F Benson, Sunny Landscapes, Dark Visions: The Cornish Ghost Stories of E F Benson’

Heholt, Ruth (2014) ‘E F Benson, Sunny Landscapes, Dark Visions: The Cornish Ghost Stories of E F Benson’. In: Haunted Landscapes conference, March 2014, Falmouth University.

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‘There was the hum of bees and a whisper of wind in the trees and all round the soft enchanted Cornish air, laden with dream-stuff’ (E. F. Benson, ‘Pirates’).

This paper examines the wonderful Cornish ghost stories of E F Benson. Benson’s father was bishop of Truro and Benson has a distinctive view about the Cornish landscape and the possibilities of slippages, (particularly in time), that Cornwall offers. Benson’s Edwardian Cornwall evokes times gone by – ghosts of those long dead and vivid echoes of pre-history. There are wonders as well as horrors, light as well as darkness here. Benson’s landscapes are often drenched in sunlight, but peaceful and lush landscapes hide real terrors; witchcraft, violence, monsters and death. There may be peace to be had here but all too often older, darker stuff seeps up from the ancient granite.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Writing & Journalism > Literature
Courses by Department: The School of Writing & Journalism > English & Writing
Depositing User: Ruth Heholt
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2015 09:35
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2017 16:06
URI: http://repository.falmouth.ac.uk/id/eprint/1538

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