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Genealogy of the Cruel Tale [1] is a chart by American intellectual Gilbert Alter-Gilbert first published in Bakunin v.6, 1997. The chart documents the origins of the cruel tale, which begins etymologically with Auguste Villiers de l'Isle-Adam's Contes cruels anthology and has content- and style-wise similarities with cult fiction and horror fiction, Dark Romanticism and the roman frénétique, black humor, transgressive fiction, grotesque literature and folk tales.

The work is a continuation of the research done by Breton in Anthology of Black Humor. Texts such as Walter Scott's On the Supernatural in Fictitious Composition, Lovecraft's Supernatural Horror in Literature, Mario Praz's Romantic Agony and Todorov's The Fantastic: A Structural Approach to a Literary Genre also come to mind. Notably absent is Sade.

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