Gothic Dissections in Film and Literature Book

Gothic Dissections in Film and Literature


  • Author : Ian Conrich
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2017-11-06
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 296
  • ISBN 10 : 9781137303585

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Gothic Dissections in Film and Literature Excerpt :

This is the first book-length study to systematically and theoretically analyse the use and representation of individual body parts in Gothic fiction. Moving between filmic and literary texts and across the body—from the brain, hair and teeth, to hands, skin and the stomach—this book engages in unique readings by foregrounding a diversity of global representations. Building on scholarly work on the ‘Gothic body’ and ‘body horror’, Gothic Dissections in Film and Literature dissects the individual features that comprise the physical human corporeal form in its different functions. This very original and accessible study, which will appeal to a broad range of readers interested in the Gothic, centralises the use (and abuse) of limbs, organs, bones and appendages. It presents a set of unique global examinations; from Brazil, France and South Korea to name a few; that address the materiality of the Gothic body in depth in texts ranging from the nineteenth century to the present; from Nikolai Gogol, Edgar Allan Poe, Roald Dahl and Chuck Palahniuk, to David Cronenberg, Freddy Krueger and The Greasy Strangler.

Body Gothic Book

Body Gothic


  • Author : Xavier Aldana Reyes
  • Publisher : University of Wales Press
  • Release Date : 2014-10-15
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781783160938

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Body Gothic Excerpt :

The gothic, particularly in its contemporary incarnations, is often constructed around largely disembodied concepts such as spectrality or the haunted. Body Gothic offers a counter-narrative that reinstates the importance of viscerality to the gothic mode. It argues that contemporary discourses surrounding our bodies are crucial to our understanding of the social messages in fictional mutilation and of the pleasures we may derive from it. This book considers a number of literary and cinematic movements that have, over the past three decades, purposely turned the body into a meaningful gothic topos. Each chapter in Body Gothic is dedicated to a different corporeal subgenre: splatterpunk, body horror, the new avant-pulp, the slaughterhouse novel, torture porn and surgical horror are all covered in its pages. Close readings of key texts by Clive Barker, Richard Laymon, Joseph D'Lacey, Matthew Stokoe, Tony White or Stanley Manly are provided alongside in-depth analyses of landmark films such as Re-Animator (1985), The Fly (1986), Saw (2004), Hostel (2005), The Human Centipede (2011) and American Mary (2012). Contents Introduction: From Gothic Bodies to Body Gothic Chapter 1 – Splatterpunk Chapter 2 – Body Horror Chapter 3 – The New Avant-Pulp Chapter 4 – The Slaughterhouse Novel Chapter 5 – Torture Porn Chapter 6 – Surgical Horror Conclusion: The Gothic and the Body Notes Works Cited Filmography

The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Gothic Book

The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Gothic


  • Author : Clive Bloom
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release Date : 2020-07-10
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 1253
  • ISBN 10 : 9783030331368

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The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Gothic Excerpt :

“Simply put, there is absolutely nothing on the market with the range of ambition of this strikingly eclectic collection of essays. Not only is it impossible to imagine a more comprehensive view of the subject, most readers – even specialists in the subject – will find that there are elements of the Gothic genre here of which they were previously unaware.” - Barry Forshaw, Author of British Gothic Cinema and Sex and Film The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Gothic is the most comprehensive compendium of analytic essays on the modern Gothic now available, covering the vast and highly significant period from 1918 to 2019. The Gothic sensibility, over 200 years old, embraces its dark past whilst anticipating the future. From demons and monsters to post- apocalyptic fears and ecological fantasies, Gothic is thriving as never before in the arts and in popular culture. This volume is made up of 62 comprehensive chapters with notes and extended bibliographies contributed by scholars from around the world. The chapters are written not only for those engaged in academic research but also to be accessible to students and dedicated followers of the genre. Each chapter is packed with analysis of the Gothic in both theory and practice, as the genre has mutated and spread over the last hundred years. Starting in 1918 with the impact of film on the genre's development, and moving through its many and varied international incarnations, each chapter chronicles the history of the gothic milieu from the movies to gaming platforms and internet memes, television and theatre. The volume also looks at how Gothic intersects with fashion, music and popular culture: a multi-layered, multi-ethnic, even a trans-gendered experience as we move into the twenty first century.

Amputation in Literature and Film Book

Amputation in Literature and Film


  • Author : Erik Grayson
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release Date : 2021-08-10
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 325
  • ISBN 10 : 9783030743772

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Amputation in Literature and Film Excerpt :

Amputation in Literature and Film: Artificial Limbs, Prosthetic Relations, and the Semiotics of “Loss” explores the many ways in which literature and film have engaged with the subject of amputation. The scholars featured in this volume draw upon a wide variety of texts, both lesser-known and canonical, across historical periods and language traditions to interrogate the intersections of disability studies with social, political, cultural, and philosophical concerns. Whether focusing on ancient texts by Zhuangzi or Ovid, renaissance drama, folktales collected by the Brothers Grimm, novels or silent film, the chapters in this volume highlight the dialectics of “loss” and “gain” in narratives of amputation to encourage critical dialogue and forge an integrated, embodied understanding of experiences of impairment in which mind and body, metaphor and materiality, theory and politics are considered as interrelated and interacting aspects of disability and ability.

Horror Franchise Cinema Book

Horror Franchise Cinema


  • Author : Mark McKenna
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2021-09-30
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780429593840

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Horror Franchise Cinema Excerpt :

This book explores horror film franchising from a broad range of interdisciplinary perspectives and considers the horror film’s role in the history of franchising and serial fiction. Comprising 12 chapters written by established and emerging scholars in the field, Horror Franchise Cinema redresses critical neglect toward horror film franchising by discussing the forces and factors governing its development across historical and contemporary terrain while also examining text and reception practices. Offering an introduction to the history of horror franchising, the chapters also examine key texts including Universal Studio monster films, Blumhouse production films, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Alien, I Spit on Your Grave, Let the Right One In, Italian zombie films, anthology films, and virtual reality. A significant contribution to studies of horror cinema and film/media franchising from the 1930s to the present day, this book will be of interest to students and scholars of film studies, media and cultural studies, franchise studies, political economy, audience/reception studies, horror studies, fan studies, genre studies, production cultures, and film histories.

Horror Television in the Age of Consumption Book

Horror Television in the Age of Consumption


  • Author : Kimberly Jackson
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2017-11-15
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351716277

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Horror Television in the Age of Consumption Excerpt :

Characterized as it is by its interest in and engagement with the supernatural, psycho-social formations, the gothic, and issues of identity and subjectivity, horror has long functioned as an allegorical device for interrogations into the seamier side of cultural foundations. This collection, therefore, explores both the cultural landscape of this recent phenomenon and the reasons for these television series’ wide appeal, focusing on televisual aesthetics, technological novelties, the role of adaptation and seriality, questions of gender, identity and subjectivity, and the ways in which the shows’ themes comment on the culture that consumes them. Featuring new work by many of the field’s leading scholars, this collection offers innovative readings and rigorous theoretical analyses of some of our most significant contemporary texts in the genre of Horror Television.

Style and Form in the Hollywood Slasher Film Book

Style and Form in the Hollywood Slasher Film


  • Author : Wickham Clayton
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2015-10-12
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 254
  • ISBN 10 : 9781137496478

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Style and Form in the Hollywood Slasher Film Excerpt :

Style and Form in the Hollywood Slasher Film fills a broad scholastic gap by analysing the elements of narrative and stylistic construction of films in the slasher subgenre of horror that have been produced and/or distributed in the Hollywood studio system from its initial boom in the late 1970s to the present.

Dostoevsky at 200 Book

Dostoevsky at 200


  • Author : Katherine Bowers
  • Publisher : University of Toronto Press
  • Release Date : 2021-07-20
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 264
  • ISBN 10 : 9781487508630

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Dostoevsky at 200 Excerpt :

Reconsidering Dostoevsky's legacy 200 years after his birth, this collection addresses how and why his novels contribute so much to what we think of as the modern condition.

Girls in Contemporary Vampire Fiction Book

Girls in Contemporary Vampire Fiction


  • Author : Agnieszka Stasiewicz-Bieńkowska
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release Date : 2021-05-08
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 277
  • ISBN 10 : 9783030717445

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Girls in Contemporary Vampire Fiction Excerpt :

This book explores the narratives of girlhood in contemporary YA vampire fiction, bringing into the spotlight the genre’s radical, ambivalent, and contradictory visions of young femininity. Agnieszka Stasiewicz-Bieńkowska considers less-explored popular vampire series for girls, particularly those by P.C. and Kristin Cast and Richelle Mead, tracing the ways in which they engage in larger cultural conversations on girlhood in the Western world. Mapping the interactions between girl and vampire corporealities, delving into the unconventional tales of vampire romance and girl sexual expressions, examining the narratives of women and violence, and venturing into the uncanny vampire classroom to unmask its critique of present-day schooling, the volume offers a new perspective on the vampire genre and an engaging insight into the complexities of growing up a girl.

A Research Guide to Gothic Literature in English Book

A Research Guide to Gothic Literature in English


  • Author : Sherri L. Brown
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release Date : 2018-03-15
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 252
  • ISBN 10 : 9781442277489

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A Research Guide to Gothic Literature in English Excerpt :

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.

The Encyclopedia of the Gothic Book

The Encyclopedia of the Gothic


  • Author : William Hughes
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release Date : 2015-10-06
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 880
  • ISBN 10 : 9781119210412

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The Encyclopedia of the Gothic Excerpt :

The Encylopedia of the Gothic features a series of newly-commissioned essays from experts in Gothic studies that cover all aspects of the Gothic as it is currently taught and researched, along with the development of the genre and its impact on contemporary culture. Comprises over 200 newly commissioned entries written by a stellar cast of over 130 experts in the field Arranged in A-Z format across two fully cross-referenced volumes Represents the definitive reference guide to all aspects of the Gothic Provides comprehensive coverage of relevant authors, national traditions, critical developments, and notable texts that define, shape, and inform the genre Extends beyond a purely literary analysis to explore Gothic elements of film, music, drama, art, and architecture. Explores the development of the genre and its impact on contemporary culture

Contemporary Gothic and Horror Film Book

Contemporary Gothic and Horror Film


  • Author : Keith McDonald
  • Publisher : Anthem Press
  • Release Date : 2021-06-15
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 178
  • ISBN 10 : 9781785277740

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Contemporary Gothic and Horror Film Excerpt :

This book looks at contemporary Gothic cinema within a transnational approach. With a focus on the aesthetic and philosophical roots which lie at the heart of the Gothic, the study invokes its literary as well as filmic forebears, by exploring how these styles informed strands of the modern filmic Gothic: the ghost narrative, folk horror, the vampire movie, cosmic horror and finally, the zombie film. In recent years, the concept of transnationalism has ‘trans’-cended its original boundaries, perhaps excessively in the minds of some. Originally defined in the wake of the rise of globalisation in the 1990s, as a way to study cinema beyond national boundaries, where the look and the story of a film reflected the input of more than one nation, or region, or culture. It was considered too confining to study national cinemas in an age of internationalization, witnessing the fusions of cultures, and post-colonialism, exile and diasporas. The concept allows us to appreciate the broader range of forces from a wider international perspective while at the same time also engaging with concepts of nationalism, identity and an acknowledgement of cinema itself. It also facilitated studies to focus on notions of hybridity where terms were not fixed but were constantly shifting and mobile. The central idea of the book is that after horror/Gothic film was dragged into disrepute by the rise of torture porn and endless North American remakes, a set of international filmmakers are seeking to emphasize the aesthetic, artistic and philosophical potential of the Gothic. Such filmmakers include Guillermo del Toro (Crimson Peak), Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night), Park Chan-wook (The Handmaiden, Stoker), Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In), Wim Wenders (Only Lovers Left Alive), Ben Wheatley (A Field in England), Jane Campion (Top of the Lake), and Carol Morley (The Falling). Although written in an accessible manner, the book incorporates theory and engages extensive

Horror Literature through History  An Encyclopedia of the Stories that Speak to Our Deepest Fears  2 volumes  Book

Horror Literature through History An Encyclopedia of the Stories that Speak to Our Deepest Fears 2 volumes


  • Author : Matt Cardin
  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Release Date : 2017-09-21
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 967
  • ISBN 10 : 9781440842023

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Horror Literature through History An Encyclopedia of the Stories that Speak to Our Deepest Fears 2 volumes Excerpt :

This two-volume set offers comprehensive coverage of horror literature that spans its deep history, dominant themes, significant works, and major authors, such as Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, and Anne Rice, as well as lesser-known horror writers. • Describes horror literature during different periods, thus helping readers understand the roots of modern horror literature, how works of horror have engaged social issues, and how horror has evolved over time • Connects horror literature to popular culture through sidebars on film adaptations, television shows, video games, and other nonliterary, popular culture topics • Includes excerpts from selected literary works that exemplify topics discussed in the entries that support English language arts standards by enabling students to read these excerpts critically in light of the entries • Prompts students to consider the nature of horror as a genre, the relationship of horror literature and social issues, and how horror literature intersects with mainstream supernatural concerns, such as religion

The Encyclopedia of Musicians and Bands on Film Book

The Encyclopedia of Musicians and Bands on Film


  • Author : Melissa U. D. Goldsmith
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release Date : 2016-10-07
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 486
  • ISBN 10 : 9781442269873

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The Encyclopedia of Musicians and Bands on Film Excerpt :

Musicians, both fictional and real, have long been subjects of cinema. From biopics of composers Beethoven and Mozart to the rise (and often fall) of imaginary bands in The Commitments and Almost Famous, music of all types has inspired hundreds of films. The Encyclopedia of Musicians and Bands on Film features the most significant productions from around the world, including straightforward biographies, rockumentaries, and even the occasional mockumentary. The wide-ranging scope of this volume allows for the inclusion of films about fictional singers and bands, with emphasis on a variety of themes: songwriter–band relationships, the rise and fall of a career, music saving the day, the promoter’s point of view, band competitions, the traveling band, and rock-based absurdity. Among the films discussed in this book are Amadeus, The Blues Brothers, The Buddy Holly Story, The Commitments, Dreamgirls, The Glenn Miller Story, A Hard Day’s Night, I’m Not There, Jailhouse Rock, A Mighty Wind, Ray, ’Round Midnight, The Runaways, School of Rock, That Thing You Do!, and Walk the Line. With entries that span the decades and highlight a variety of music genres, The Encyclopedia of Musicians and Bands on Film is a valuable resource for moviegoers and music lovers alike, as well as scholars of both film and music.

Metamorphoses of the Vampire in Literature and Film Book

Metamorphoses of the Vampire in Literature and Film


  • Author : Erik Butler
  • Publisher : Camden House
  • Release Date : 2010
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 225
  • ISBN 10 : 9781571134325

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Metamorphoses of the Vampire in Literature and Film Excerpt :

The first study to propose a unifying logic underlying the many and varied representations of the vampire in literature and culture.