The Horror Reader

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Spanning the history of horror in literature and film, from Edgar Allen Poe to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Horror Reader brings together essential writings on this most spectacular and controversial of genres. It covers classic gothic literature like Frankenstein to lesbian vampire movies and new Asian horror. An introduction by Ken Gelder and a preface before each section prepares the reader for the next topic of discussion on this fascinating genre.
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Editorial Reviews

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'Gelder is to be congratulated on this selection. If you teach horror then I recommend this, the academic weight here, carefully used, could help students see beyond the gore.' - In The Picture

'Will do much to introduce the uninitiated to the cultural fascination of horror while giving the aficionados plenty to keep them ticking over.' - Intensities

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415213561
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ken Gelder is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Melbourne. He is the author of Reading the Vampire (Routledge 1994) and co-editor of The Subcultures Reader (Routledge 1996)

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Introduction: The Field of Horror 1
Pt. 1 The Fantastic
Introduction to Part One 11
1 Definition of the Fantastic 14
2 1848: The Assault on Reason (Extract) 20
3 Phantasmagoria and the Metaphorics of Modern Reverie (Extract) 29
Pt. 2 Horror and Psychoanalysis
Introduction to Part Two 49
4 Vampires, Breast-Feeding, and Anxiety (Extract) 52
5 Kristeva, Femininity, Abjection 64
6 'In His Bold Gaze My Ruin Is Writ Large' (Extract) 71
Pt. 3 Monstrosities
Introduction to Part Three 81
7 Introduction to Monstrous Imagination 84
8 Freaks 90
9 The Serial Killer as a Type of Person (Extract) 97
Pt. 4 Many Frankensteins
Introduction to Part Four 111
10 Production and Reproduction: The Case of Frankenstein (Extract) 114
11 Here Comes the Bride: Wedding Gender and Race in Bride of Frankenstein (Extract) 128
Pt. 5 Reading the King Vampire
Introduction to Part Five 145
12 Dialectic of Fear (Extract) 148
13 The Occidental Tourist: Dracula and the Anxiety of Reverse Colonization (Extract) 161
14 Vampiric Typewriting: Dracula and its Media (Extract) 172
Pt. 6 Queer Horror
Introduction to Part Six 187
15 Dr. Jekyll's Closet (Extract) 190
16 Tracking the Vampire (Extract) 198
17 Female Spectator, Lesbian Spectator: The Haunting (Extract) 210
Pt. 7 Ethnic Monsters
Introduction to Part Seven 225
18 Vampires in Greece (Extract) 228
19 King Kong and the Monster in Ethnographic Cinema (Extract) 242
Pt. 8 American Gothic
Introduction to Part Eight 253
20 Introduction to American Horrors (Extract) 256
21 Introduction to American Gothic (Extract) 265
Pt. 9 Reading Splatter/Slasher Cinema
Introduction to Part Nine 273
22 Horrality - The Textuality of Contemporary Horror Films 276
23 The Terror of Pleasure: The Contemporary Horror Film and Postmodern Theory 285
24 Her Body, Himself (Extract) 294
Pt. 10 Lowbrow/Low-Budget Horror
Introduction to Part Ten 311
25 Fans' Notes: The Horror Film Fanzine 314
26 A (Sadistic) Night at the Opera: Notes on the Italian Horror Film 324
27 Revenge of the Leech Woman: On the Dread of Aging in a Low-Budget Horror Film 336
Pt. 11 New Regional Horror
Introduction to Part Eleven 349
28 Ghost Stories, Bone Flutes, Cannibal Countermemory 352
29 Preposterous Hong Kong Horror: Rouge's (Be)Hindsight and a (Sodomitical) Chinese Ghost Story 364
Notes on contributors 374
Bibliography 379
Index 401
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