Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night / Edition 1

Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night / Edition 1

by Nicholas Rogers
     
 

Boasting a rich, complex history rooted in Celtic and Christian ritual, Halloween has evolved from ethnic celebration to a blend of street festival, fright night, and vast commercial enterprise. In this colorful history, Nicholas Rogers takes a lively, entertaining look at the cultural origins and development of one of the most popular holidays of the year.

See more details below

Overview

Boasting a rich, complex history rooted in Celtic and Christian ritual, Halloween has evolved from ethnic celebration to a blend of street festival, fright night, and vast commercial enterprise. In this colorful history, Nicholas Rogers takes a lively, entertaining look at the cultural origins and development of one of the most popular holidays of the year.
Drawing on a fascinating array of sources, from classical history to Hollywood films, Rogers traces Halloween as it emerged from the Celtic festival of Samhain (summer's end), picked up elements of the Christian Hallowtide (All Saint's Day and All Soul's Day), arrived in North America as an Irish and Scottish festival, and evolved into an unofficial but large-scale holiday by the early 20th century. He examines the 1970s and '80s phenomena of Halloween sadism (razor blades in apples) and inner-city violence (arson in Detroit), as well as the immense influence of the horror film genre on the reinvention of Halloween as a terror-fest. Throughout his vivid account, Rogers shows how Halloween remains, at its core, a night of inversion, when social norms are turned upside down, and a temporary freedom of expression reigns supreme. He examines how this very license has prompted censure by the religious Right, occasional outrage from law enforcement officials, and appropriation by Left-leaning political groups.
Engagingly written and based on extensive research, Halloween is the definitive history of the most bewitching day of the year, illuminating the intricate history and shifting cultural forces behind this enduring trick-or-treat holiday.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195168969
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Edition description:
First Paperback Edition
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,027,392
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 5.34(h) x 0.44(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Acknowledgments3
1Samhain: and the Celtic Origins of Halloween11
2Festive Rites: Halloween in the British Isles22
3Coming Over: Halloween in North America49
4Razor in the Apple: The Struggle for a Safe and Sane Halloween, c. 1920-199078
5Halloween Goes to Hollywood103
6Stepping Out125
7Border Crossings139
8Halloween at the Millennium158
Notes173
Index195

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >