Haunted: On Ghosts, Witches, Vampires, Zombies, and Other Monsters of the Natural and Supernatural Worlds

Haunted: On Ghosts, Witches, Vampires, Zombies, and Other Monsters of the Natural and Supernatural Worlds

by Leo Braudy


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An award-winning scholar and author charts four hundred years of monsters and how they reflect the culture that created them

Leo Braudy, a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, has won accolades for revealing the complex and constantly shifting history behind seemingly unchanging ideas of fame, war, and masculinity.
Continuing his interest in the history of emotion, this book explores how fear has been shaped into images of monsters and monstrosity. From the Protestant Reformation to contemporary horror films and fiction, he explores four major types: the monster from nature (King Kong), the created monster (Frankenstein), the monster from within (Mr. Hyde), and the monster from the past (Dracula). Drawing upon deep historical and literary research, Braudy discusses the lasting presence of fearful imaginings in an age of scientific progress, viewing the detective genre as a rational riposte to the irrational world of the monstrous. Haunted is a compelling and incisive work by a writer at the height of his powers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300239997
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 410,692
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Leo Braudy is University Professor and Bing Chair in English and American Literature at the University of Southern California. His many books include The Frenzy of Renown and From Chivalry to Terrorism.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 Shaping Fear 1

2 Between Hope and Fear: Horror and Religion 28

3 Terror, Horror, and the Cult of Nature 75

4 Frankenstein, Robots, and Androids: Horror and the Manufactured Monster 110

5 The Detective's Reason 141

6 Jekyll and Hyde: The Monster from Within 179

7 Dracula and the Haunted Present 204

8 Horror in the Age of Visual Reproduction 233

Notes 267

Index 289

Illustrations follow p. 140

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