As American As Mom, Baseball, And Apple Pie

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This book does nothing less than redefine the very genre of horror fiction, calling into question the usual conventions, motifs, and elements. Unlike many critics of this genre, Linda Holland-Toll sees dis/affirmative horror fiction acting neither to soothe fears nor reduce them to the vicarious “thrills ‘n’ chills” mode, but as intensifying the fears inherent in everyday life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879728526
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Two Parts Gore and One Pinch Walking Dead: What Exactly Is Horror Fiction? 1
2 How Does Is Work?: The Strategies of Exclusion as Structure 14
Communities, Monsters, and "Us" 27
3 Hunting the Laughing Tiger: Communal Containment Strategies 34
4 He and We as Monsters: Breaking Down the Monster Demarcations 54
5 The Hidden Monster: Problems in Construction and Identity 76
The Construction of Social Communities 103
6 Affirmative Community: The Golden Retriever Lives! 110
7 Compromised Affirmations: Inhabiting the Corrupted Community 122
8 The Discomfort Zone: We All Live on Maple Street 145
Sorting Out Different Styles of Malignity 175
9 Dystopias of the Human Heart: Apocalypse, Regeneration and Redemption 181
10 Jailers of the Mind: Clapping the Mind-Forged Manacles on Ourselves and Others 199
11 Dystopian Societies: Monstered Bodies, the Body Politic, and the Problems of Complicity 226
Coda: Worth Studying or Suitable for Wrapping the Garbage? 249
Notes 253
Bibliography 273
Index 289
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