The Philosophy of Horror

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Thomas Fahy
University Press of Kentucky, 30 apr 2010 - 272 pagine
Sitting on pins and needles, anxiously waiting to see what will happen next, horror audiences crave the fear and exhilaration generated by a terrifying story; their anticipation is palpable. But they also breathe a sigh of relief when the action is over, when they are able to close their books or leave the movie theater. Whether serious, kitschy, frightening, or ridiculous, horror not only arouses the senses but also raises profound questions about fear, safety, justice, and suffering. From literature and urban legends to film and television, horror’s ability to thrill has made it an integral part of modern entertainment. Thomas Fahy and twelve other scholars reveal the underlying themes of the genre in The Philosophy of Horror. Examining the evolving role of horror, the contributing authors investigate works such as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818), horror films of the 1930s, Stephen King’s novels, Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of The Shining (1980), and Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960). Also examined are works that have largely been ignored in philosophical circles, including Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood (1965), Patrick S skind’s Perfume (1985), and James Purdy’s Narrow Rooms (2005). The analysis also extends to contemporary forms of popular horror and “torture-horror” films of the last decade, including Saw (2004), Hostel (2005), The Devil’s Rejects (2005), and The Hills Have Eyes (2006), as well as the ongoing popularity of horror on the small screen. The Philosophy of Horror celebrates the strange, compelling, and disturbing elements of horror, drawing on interpretive approaches such as feminist, postcolonial, Marxist, and psychoanalytic criticism. The book invites readers to consider horror’s various manifestations and transformations since the late 1700s, probing its social, cultural, and political functions in today’s media-hungry society.
 

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Indice

Psycho and The Birds
14
Arthorror as a Medium for Moral
33
hobbes human Nature and the Culture of American Violence
57
TVs Ghosthunter Phenomenon
72
Angel and the Quest for identity
86
ideological Formations of the Nuclear Family in The Hills Have
102
Class Struggle and Alienation
121
Europe vs America in
137
Grotesque Sublime
179
A deleuzean Encounter with James Purdys
199
The Philosophy of reproduction in Mary Shelleys
212
kitsch and Camp and Things That Go Bump in the Night
229
Contributors
245
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Thomas Fahy, director of the American Studies Program at Long Island University, is author or editor of numerous publications, including Freak Shows and the Modern American Imagination and two recent horror novels, Sleepless and The Unspoken. He lives in New York City.

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