Film, Horror, and the Body Fantastic

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1995 - Literary Criticism - 199 pages

This fascinating study relates horror film to recent interpretations of the body and the self, drawing from feminist film theory, psychoanalytic theory, cultural criticism and gender studies. Applying the term horror broadly, this work includes discussions of black comedy, thrillers, science fiction, and slasher films. Central to this book is the view of horror as a modern iconography and discourse of the body. Badley's thought-provoking analysis of films by directors Tim Burton, Tobe Hooper, George Romero, Ridley Scott, Brian De Palma, David Lynch, David Cronenberg, Jonathan Demme, and Clive Barker, will be of interest to both scholars and students.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Body Fantastic
5
Spectral Effects Postmodern Ghosts
39
Frankensteins Progeny
65
Deconstructions of the Gaze
101
David Cronenbergs Anatomy Lessons
125
Looking for the Mother in The Silence of the Lambs
137
Afterword
151
Notes
159
Bibliography
171
Filmography
187
Index
193
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LINDA BADLEY is Professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University. She has published articles on fantasy, film, and gender. She is currently working on a book on the horror fiction of Stephen King, Clive Barker, and Anne Rice.

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