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Overview

In The Fly, one of Seth Brundle's experiments goes disastrously wrong, and the chimpanzee he was attempting to transport from one telepod to the other ends up in the second device, a quivering mass of flesh; the process of teleportation has turned it inside out and yet it remains in unimaginable agony alive. David Cronenberg is undoubtedly one of the great directors of transgression, violating boundaries between the subjective and the objective and, even more spectacularly, between the human and the non-human.

This collection of seven critical essays explores the multifaceted nature of Cronenberg's achievement and ranges from Jonathan Crane's reassessment of Cronenberg's place within horror cinema, to Parveen Adams' intensely focused discussion of Crash. Other essays examine the place of the homoerotic body in Cronenberg's films; view M. Butterfly in relation to modern notions of literature; place the earlier work in its historical context; address the complexity and ambiguity derived from certain fundamental contrasts underpinning much of his work; and discuss some of the shortcomings of critical writings on Cronenberg. The book also includes a recent interview with the director together with a full filmography and bibliography. An important analysis for students and scholars of contemporary film and popular culture.

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Seven essays by mostly British scholars consider various aspects of the filmmaker's horror and fantasy movies. Their topics include the neo-horror film culture, genre, amoral monstrosity, homoerotic bodies, death drive, the poetics of time, and the mysterious disappearance of style. Also presented are a 1999 interview with Cronenberg by Xavier Medik, a filmography, and a selected bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275970581
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/30/2000
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Grant

MICHAEL GRANT is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Kent.

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction by Michael Grant
  • An Aesthetic Sense: Cronenberg and Neo-Horror Film Culture by Ian Conrich
  • A Body Apart: Cronenberg and Genre by Jonathan Crane
  • A(Moral) Monstrosity by Murray Smith
  • The Naked Crunch: Cronenberg's Homoerotic Bodies by Barbara Creed
  • Death Drive by Parveen Adams
  • Cronenberg and the Poetics of Time by Michael Grant
  • The Mysterious Disappearance of Style: Some Critical Notes about the Writing on Dead Ringers by Andrew Klevan
  • Logic, Creativity and (Critical) Misinterpretations: An Interview with David Cronenberg by Xavier Mendik
  • David Cronenberg: Filmography by Michael Grant
  • David Cronenberg: Selected Bibliography by Michael Grant
  • Index
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