Horror Reader

Horror Reader

by Ken Gelder
     
 

ISBN-10: 041521355X

ISBN-13: 9780415213554

Pub. Date: 08/28/2000

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Horror has been one of the most spectacular and controversial genres in both cinema and fiction - its wild excesses relished by some, vilified by many others. Often defiantly marginal, it nevertheless inhabits the very fabric of everyday life, providing us with ways of imagining and classifying our world; what is evil and what is good; what is monstrous and what is

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Horror has been one of the most spectacular and controversial genres in both cinema and fiction - its wild excesses relished by some, vilified by many others. Often defiantly marginal, it nevertheless inhabits the very fabric of everyday life, providing us with ways of imagining and classifying our world; what is evil and what is good; what is monstrous and what is 'normal'; what can be seen and what should remain hidden.
The Horror Reader brings together 29 key articles to examine the enduring resonance of horror across culture. Spanning the history of horror in literature and film and discussing texts from Britain, the United States, Europe, the Caribbean and Hong Kong, it explores a diversity of horror forms from classic gothic literature like Frankenstein and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, to contemporary serial killers, horror film fanzines and low-budget movies such as The Leech Woman and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Themes addressed include:
* the fantastic
• horror and psychoanalysis
• monstrosities
• different Frankensteins
• vampires
• queer horror
• American gothic
• splatter and slasher films
• race and ethnicity
• lowbrow and low-budget horror
• new regional horror.
The Reader opens with an introduction to 'the field of horror' by Ken Gelder, and each thematic section includes an introductory preface. There is also a comprehensive bibliography of horror literature.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415213554
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/28/2000
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction: The Field of Horror1
Pt. 1The Fantastic
Introduction to Part One11
1Definition of the Fantastic14
21848: The Assault on Reason (Extract)20
3Phantasmagoria and the Metaphorics of Modern Reverie (Extract)29
Pt. 2Horror and Psychoanalysis
Introduction to Part Two49
4Vampires, Breast-Feeding, and Anxiety (Extract)52
5Kristeva, Femininity, Abjection64
6'In His Bold Gaze My Ruin Is Writ Large' (Extract)71
Pt. 3Monstrosities
Introduction to Part Three81
7Introduction to Monstrous Imagination84
8Freaks90
9The Serial Killer as a Type of Person (Extract)97
Pt. 4Many Frankensteins
Introduction to Part Four111
10Production and Reproduction: The Case of Frankenstein (Extract)114
11Here Comes the Bride: Wedding Gender and Race in Bride of Frankenstein (Extract)128
Pt. 5Reading the King Vampire
Introduction to Part Five145
12Dialectic of Fear (Extract)148
13The Occidental Tourist: Dracula and the Anxiety of Reverse Colonization (Extract)161
14Vampiric Typewriting: Dracula and its Media (Extract)172
Pt. 6Queer Horror
Introduction to Part Six187
15Dr. Jekyll's Closet (Extract)190
16Tracking the Vampire (Extract)198
17Female Spectator, Lesbian Spectator: The Haunting (Extract)210
Pt. 7Ethnic Monsters
Introduction to Part Seven225
18Vampires in Greece (Extract)228
19King Kong and the Monster in Ethnographic Cinema (Extract)242
Pt. 8American Gothic
Introduction to Part Eight253
20Introduction to American Horrors (Extract)256
21Introduction to American Gothic (Extract)265
Pt. 9Reading Splatter/Slasher Cinema
Introduction to Part Nine273
22Horrality - The Textuality of Contemporary Horror Films276
23The Terror of Pleasure: The Contemporary Horror Film and Postmodern Theory285
24Her Body, Himself (Extract)294
Pt. 10Lowbrow/Low-Budget Horror
Introduction to Part Ten311
25Fans' Notes: The Horror Film Fanzine314
26A (Sadistic) Night at the Opera: Notes on the Italian Horror Film324
27Revenge of the Leech Woman: On the Dread of Aging in a Low-Budget Horror Film336
Pt. 11New Regional Horror
Introduction to Part Eleven349
28Ghost Stories, Bone Flutes, Cannibal Countermemory352
29Preposterous Hong Kong Horror: Rouge's (Be)Hindsight and a (Sodomitical) Chinese Ghost Story364
Notes on contributors374
Bibliography379
Index401

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