The Biology of Horror

The Biology of Horror: Gothic Literature and Film dissects popular examples from the gothic literary and cinematic canon, exposing the inverted comic paradigm within each text.

Author: Jack Morgan

Publisher: SIU Press

ISBN: 0809324717

Category: Fiction

Page: 263

View: 314

Download →

Unearthing the fearful flesh and sinful skins at the heart of gothic horror, Jack Morgan rends the genre’s biological core from its oft-discussed psychological elements and argues for a more transhistorical conception of the gothic, one negatively related to comedy. The Biology of Horror: Gothic Literature and Film dissects popular examples from the gothic literary and cinematic canon, exposing the inverted comic paradigm within each text. Morgan’s study begins with an extensive treatment of comedy as theoretically conceived by Suzanne Langer, C. L. Barber, and Mikhail Bakhtin. Then, Morgan analyzes the physical and mythological nature of horror in inverted comic terms, identifying a biologically grounded mythos of horror. Motifs such as sinister loci, languishment, masquerade, and subversion of sensual perception are contextualized here as embedded in an organic reality, resonating with biological motives and consequences. Morgan also devotes a chapter to the migration of the gothic tradition into American horror, emphasizing the body as horror’s essential place in American gothic. The bulk of Morgan’s study is applied to popular gothic literature and films ranging from high gothic classics like Matthew Lewis’s The Monk, Ann Radcliffe’s The Mysteries of Udolpho, Charles Maturin’s Melmoth the Wanderer, and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, to later literary works such as Poe’s macabre tales, Melville’s “Benito Cereno,” J.S. Le Fanu’s Uncle Silas, H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Shadow over Innsmouth,” Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hillhouse, Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot, and Clive Barker’s The Damnation Game. Considered films include Nosferatu, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Friday the 13th, Halloween, Night of the Living Dead, Angel Heart, The Stand, and The Shining. Morgan concludes his physical examination of the Gothic reality with a consideration born of Julia Kristeva’s theoretical rubric which addresses horror’s existential and cultural significance, its lasting fascination, and its uncanny positive—and often therapeutic—direction in literature and film.
Posted in:

Japanese and American Horror

Abject Terrors: Surveying the Modern and Postmodern Horror Film. New York: Peter Lang. ... Horror Video Games: Essays on the Fusion of Fear and Play. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland. ... The Biology of Horror: Gothic Literature and Film.

Author: Katarzyna Marak

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786496662

Category: Social Science

Page: 232

View: 976

Download →

Horror fiction is an important part of the popular culture in many modern societies. This book compares and contrasts horror narratives from two distinct cultures--American and Japanese--with a focus on the characteristic mechanisms that make them successful, and on their culturally-specific aspects. Including a number of narratives belonging to film, literature, comics and video games, this book provides a comprehensive perspective of the genre. It sheds light on the differences and similarities in the depiction of fear and horror in America and Japan, while emphasizing narrative patterns in the context of their respective cultures.
Posted in:

Fashioning Horror

Cultural Experience of Contemporary Horror Cinema, 173–99, London: I. B. Tauris. Dery, M. (1999), “Cotton Candy Autopsy: Deconstructing Psycho-Killer Clowns,” in M. Dery (ed.), The Pyrotechnic Insanitarium: American Culture on the Brink ...

Author: Julia Petrov

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350036208

Category: Design

Page: 256

View: 171

Download →

From Jack the Ripper to Frankenstein, Halloween customs to Alexander McQueen collections, Fashioning Horror examines how terror is fashioned visually, symbolically, and materially through fashion and costume, in literature, film, and real life. With a series of case studies that range from sensationalist cinema and Slasher films to true crime and nineteenth-century literature, the volume investigates the central importance of clothing to the horror genre, and broadens our understanding of both material and popular culture. Arguing that dress is fundamental to our understanding of character and setting within horror, the chapters also reveal how the grotesque and horrific is at the center of fashion itself, with its potential for instability, disguise, and carnivalesque subversion. Packed with original research, and bringing together a range of international scholars, the book is the first to thoroughly examine the aesthetics of terror and the role of fashion in the construction of horror.
Posted in:

Poe The House of Usher and the American Gothic

Therefore, one of the significant aspects of cosmic horror by which Lovecraft seeks to go beyond Poe is to specify more precisely the horror of biological revulsion. That is, just as Whitman went beyond Emerson by balancing attention on ...

Author: D. Perry

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230620827

Category: Fiction

Page: 190

View: 290

Download →

Poe, 'The House of Usher,' and the American Gothic discusses the interrelation between Poe's tale and the modern horror genre, demonstrating how Poe's work continues to serve as a model for exploring the deepest and most primitive corners of the human mind and heart.
Posted in:

The Horror Film

Significantly, much of this biological horror relates specifically to female biology, with menstruation, pregnancy and childbirth all providing potent sources of horror and the monstrous. (See Creed, 1993 for a discussion of this.) ...

Author: Peter Hutchings

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317874096

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

View: 537

Download →

The Horror Film is an in-depth exploration of one of the most consistently popular, but also most disreputable, of all the mainstream film genres. Since the early 1930s there has never been a time when horror films were not being produced in substantial numbers somewhere in the world and never a time when they were not being criticised, censored or banned. The Horror Film engages with the key issues raised by this most contentious of genres. It considers the reasons for horror's disreputability and seeks to explain why despite this horror has been so successful. Where precisely does the appeal of horror lie? An extended introductory chapter identifies what it is about horror that makes the genre so difficult to define. The chapter then maps out the historical development of the horror genre, paying particular attention to the international breadth and variety of horror production, with reference to films made in the United States, Britain, Italy, Spain and elsewhere. Subsequent chapters explore: The role of monsters, focusing on the vampire and the serial killer. The usefulness (and limitations) of psychological approaches to horror. The horror audience: what kind of people like horror (and what do other people think of them)? Gender, race and class in horror: how do horror films such as Bride of Frankenstein, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Blade relate to the social and political realities within which they are produced? Sound and horror: in what ways has sound contributed to the development of horror? Performance in horror: how have performers conveyed fear and terror throughout horror's history? 1970s horror: was this the golden age of horror production? Slashers and post-slashers: from Halloween to Scream and beyond. The Horror Film throws new light on some well-known horror films but also introduces the reader to examples of noteworthy but more obscure horror work. A final section provides a guide to further reading and an extensive bibliography. Accessibly written, The Horror Film is a lively and informative account of the genre that will appeal to students of cinema, film teachers and researchers, and horror lovers everywhere.
Posted in:

Body Gothic

Corporeal Transgression in Contemporary Literature and Horror Film Xavier Aldana Reyes. 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 H. G. Wells, The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896; London and New York: Penguin, 2005), p.

Author: Xavier Aldana Reyes

Publisher: University of Wales Press

ISBN: 9781783160945

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 229

View: 814

Download →

Since the mainstreaming of horror in the 1970s, journalists have warned against the dangers of increasingly explicit forms of violent entertainment. Xavier Aldana Reyes takes a very different stance in Body Gothic by celebrating the transgressive qualities of visceral texts. He considers relevant popular literary and filmic movements of the past three decades and reads them as updates in a long Gothic tradition that goes back to the eighteenth century. The book contains case studies of key texts in splatterpunk, body horror, the new avant-pulp, the slaughterhouse novel, torture porn and surgical horror.
Posted in:

A Research Guide to Gothic Literature in English

Limits of Horror: Technology, Bodies, Gothic. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press, 2008. 233 pp. Oakes, David A. Science and Destabilization in the Modern American Gothic: Lovecraft, Matheson, and King. Westport, CT: Greenwood ...

Author: Sherri L. Brown

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442277489

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 252

View: 874

Download →

The Gothic began as a designation for barbarian tribes, was associated with the cathedrals of the High Middle Ages, was used to describe a marginalized literature in the late eighteenth century, and continues today in a variety of forms (literature, film, graphic novel, video games, and other narrative and artistic forms). Unlike other recent books in the field that focus on certain aspects of the Gothic, this work directs researchers to seminal and significant resources on all of its aspects. Annotations will help researchers determine what materials best suit their needs. A Research Guide to Gothic Literature in English covers Gothic cultural artifacts such as literature, film, graphic novels, and videogames. This authoritative guide equips researchers with valuable recent information about noteworthy resources that they can use to study the Gothic effectively and thoroughly.
Posted in:

Historical Dictionary of Gothic Literature

Historical Dictionary of Horror Cinema. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2008. Jancovich, Mark, ed. Horror: The Film Reader. London: Routledge, 2002. Morgan, Jack. The Biology of Horror: Gothic Literature and Film.

Author: William Hughes

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780810872288

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 347

View: 674

Download →

The Historical Dictionary of Gothic Literature covers its history through a chronology, an introductory essay, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 200 cross-referenced entries on the core texts, central authors, and the recurrent conventions that have distinguished writing in the genre for 250 years. This book is an ideal access point for students, researchers, or anyone interested in the history of Gothic Literature.
Posted in:

Lovecraft in the 21st Century

“Introduction: Six Theses on Plant Horror; or, Why Are Plants Horrifying?” Plant Horror: Approaches to the Monstrous Vegetal in Fiction and Film, edited by Dawn Keetley and Angela Tenga. New York: Palgrave, 2016, pp. 1–30.

Author: Antonio Alcala Gonzalez

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000531657

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

View: 541

Download →

Lovecraft in the 21st Century assembles reflections from a wide range of perspectives on the significance of Lovecraft’s influence in contemporary times. Building on a focus centered on the anthropocene, adaptation, and visual media, the chapters in this collection focus on the following lines: Adaptation of Lovecraft’s legacy in theater, television, film, graphic narratives, and game artwork The connection between the writer’s legacy and his life Considering capitalism, the posthuman, and the Anthropocene when reading Lovecraft How contemporary authors have worked through the implicit racial and sexual politics in Lovecraft’s fiction. Reading Lovecraft’s fiction in light of contemporary approaches to gender and sexuality
Posted in: