The Suburban Gothic In American Popular Culture

Author: B. Murphy
Editor: Springer
ISBN: 0230244750
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The first sustained examination of the depiction of American suburbia in gothic and horror films, television and literature from 1948 to the present day. Beginning with Shirley Jackson's The Road Through the Wall , Murphy discusses representative texts from each decade, including I Am Legend , Bewitched , Halloween and Desperate Housewives .

The Rural Gothic In American Popular Culture

Author: B. Murphy
Editor: Springer
ISBN: 1137353724
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The Rural Gothic in American Popular Culture argues that complex and often negative initial responses of early European settlers continue to influence American horror and gothic narratives to this day. The book undertakes a detailed analysis of key literary and filmic texts situated within consideration of specific contexts.

Sleeping With The Lights On

Author: Darryl Jones
Editor: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0198826486
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Four o'clock in the morning, and the lights are on and still there's no way we're going to sleep, not after the film we just saw. The book we just read. Fear is one of the most primal human emotions, and one of the hardest to reason with and dispel. So why do we scare ourselves? It seemsalmost mad that we would frighten ourselves for fun, and yet there are thousands of books, films, games, and other forms of entertainment designed to do exactly that.As Darryl Jones shows, the horror genre is huge. Ranging from vampires, ghosts, and werewolves to mad scientists, Satanists, and deranged serial killers, the cathartic release of scaring ourselves has made its appearance in everything from Shakespearean tragedies to internet memes. Exploring the keytropes of the genre, including its monsters, its psychological chills, and its love affair with the macabre, Darryl Jones discusses why horror stories disturb us, and how society responds to literary and film representations of the gruesome and taboo. Should the enjoyment of horror be regarded withsuspicion? Are there different levels of the horrific, and should we distinguish between the commonly reviled carnage of contemporary torture porn and the culturally acceptable bloodbaths of ancient Greek tragedies?Analysing the way in which horror manifests multiple personalities, and has been used throughout history to articulate the fears and taboos of the current generation, Jones considers the continuing evolution of the genre today. As horror is mass marketed to mainstream society in the form of romanticvampires and blockbuster hits, it also continues to maintain its former shadowy presence on the edges of respectability, as banned films and violent internet phenomena push us to question both our own preconceptions and the terrifying capacity of human nature.

A Companion To American Gothic

Author: Charles L. Crow
Editor: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470671874
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A Companion to American Gothic features a collection of original essays that explore America’s gothic literary tradition. The largest collection of essays in the field of American Gothic Contributions from a wide variety of scholars from around the world The most complete coverage of theory, major authors, popular culture and non-print media available

Amped About Hell

Author: Simone Marjorie Perry
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Derived from the work of Bernice M. Murphy, "Suburban Gothic" is a subgenre in popular culture providing continuous commentary on American society. Though she writes extensively about depictions of Suburban Gothic throughout the last several decades, Murphy's research has shown little interest in television. The advent of complex narrative in serial television, particularly over the last twenty-five years, is crucial to homing in on the format. Viewing the Suburban Gothic as a "genre television," we can see it evolving into a higher art form. Using essays in aesthetics and film theory to enhance the understanding of Suburban Gothic, three shows are using a combination of these theories. Twin Peaks, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and American Horror Story mark the genre's evolution from dialectical to playful, ultimately revealing to audiences that they have become frenzied over the impending collapse of society.

Western American Literature

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The Highway Horror Film

Author: Bernice M. Murphy
Editor: Palgrave Pivot
ISBN: 9781349482894
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The Highway Horror Film argues that 'Highway Horror' is a hither-to overlooked sub-genre of the American horror movie. In these films, the American landscape is by its very accessibility rendered terrifyingly hostile, and encounters with other travellers almost always have sinister outcomes.

American Gothic

Author: Robert K. Martin
Editor: University of Iowa Press
ISBN: 1587293021
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In America as in Britain, the rise of the Gothic represented the other—the fearful shadows cast upon Enlightenment philosophies of common sense, democratic positivism, and optimistic futurity. Many critics have recognized the centrality of these shadows to American culture and self-identification. American Gothic, however, remaps the field by offering a series of revisionist essays associated with a common theme: the range and variety of Gothic manifestations in high and popular art from the roots of American culture to the present. The thirteen essayists approach the persistence of the Gothic in American culture by providing a composite of interventions that focus on specific issues—the histories of gender and race, the cultures of cities and scandals and sensations—in order to advance distinct theoretical paradigms. Each essay sustains a connection between a particular theoretical field and a central problem in the Gothic tradition. Drawing widely on contemporary theory—particularly revisionist views of Freud such as those offered by Lacan and Kristeva—this volume ranges from the well-known Gothic horrors of Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne to the popular fantasies of Stephen King and the postmodern visions of Kathy Acker. Special attention is paid to the issues of slavery and race in both black and white texts, including those by Ralph Ellison and William Faulkner. In the view of the editors and contributors, the Gothic is not so much a historical category as a mode of thought haunted by history, a part of suburban life and the lifeblood of films such as The Exorcist and Fatal Attraction.

The British National Bibliography

Author: Arthur James Wells
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The Annals Of America 1950 1960 Cold War In The Nuclear Age

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The New Languages

Author: Thomas H. Ohlgren
Editor: Prentice Hall
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American Pop

Author: Bob Batchelor
Editor: Greenwood
ISBN:
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Chronicles the history of popular culture in America from 1900 through 1929, and discusses advertising, architecture, print media, entertainment, fashion, food, music, sports, art, and more; and includes time line for each decade.

Feminism And Popular Culture

Author: Rebecca Munford
Editor: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 0813567424
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When the term “postfeminism” entered the media lexicon in the 1990s, it was often accompanied by breathless headlines about the “death of feminism.” Those reports of feminism’s death may have been greatly exaggerated, and yet contemporary popular culture often conjures up a world in which feminism had never even been born, a fictional universe filled with suburban Stepford wives, maniacal career women, alluring amnesiacs, and other specimens of retro femininity. In Feminism and Popular Culture, Rebecca Munford and Melanie Waters consider why the twenty-first century media landscape is so haunted by the ghosts of these traditional figures that feminism otherwise laid to rest. Why, over fifty years since Betty Friedan’s critique, does the feminine mystique exert such a strong spectral presence, and how has it been reimagined to speak to the concerns of a postfeminist audience? To answer these questions, Munford and Waters draw from a rich array of examples from contemporary film, fiction, music, and television, from the shadowy cityscapes of Homeland to the haunted houses of American Horror Story. Alongside this comprehensive analysis of today’s popular culture, they offer a vivid portrait of feminism’s social and intellectual history, as well as an innovative application of Jacques Derrida’s theories of “hauntology.” Feminism and Popular Culture thus not only considers how contemporary media is being visited by the ghosts of feminism’s past, it raises vital questions about what this means for feminism’s future.

Dangerous Household Items

Author: David Orr
Editor: Copper Canyon Press
ISBN: 1619321939
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“David Orr is an authentic iconoclast. His criticism is exuberant and original. Dr. Johnson, my critical hero, urged us to clear our mind of cant. Orr has cleared his. He will enhance the perception of his readers.” —Harold Bloom “A poetry critic and poet himself, David Orr’s work often explores a gray area of literary professionalism and process. A columnist for the New York Times Book Review. . . . Orr shows himself to be a reader interested in cutting through noise, particularly with the realities of writing and publishing in a popular culture.” —Ploughshares In his wry debut collection of poetry, celebrated critic David Orr ponders the dark underworld of the ordinary, as he traverses the suburban gothic landscape of modern America. Orr finds and names what’s at the core of being human: sorrow, kindness, familial love, and memory. The poems are playful, fashioned of fables, familiar objects, and the supernatural, inviting every reader to enter in. From “The Abduction”: . . . Later, he would wake each night screaming In helpless confusion, but at the time There was just the sun, the beach, the sun, the saltwater And dark forms being kind. Only a month After the incident, having lost the skill Of knowing what was real, he walked Into headlights he had thought were his wife. David Orr teaches at Rutgers University in addition to serving as the poetry columnist for the New York Times Book Review. A native of South Carolina, he lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

The History Of Gothic Fiction

Author: Markman Ellis
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ISBN: 9780748611959
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"Written with an undergraduate audience in mind, this text offers a synthesis of the main topics of Gothic interest and clearly argued summaries of critical debate. It signals its difference from recent psychoanalytic readings of Gothic and argues instead for a more complex, multilayered approach via an historicist reading of gothic fiction. Illustrated with ten black and white plates and including an up-to-date bibliography, this will be an ideal text for all those with an interest in the Gothic."--BOOK JACKET.

Cultural Theory And Popular Culture

Author: John Storey
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The aim of this reader is twofold; on the one hand, it is designed as a companion volume to John Storey's An Introductory Guide to Cultural Theory and Popular Culture and on the other, as a free-standing, theoretical, analytical and historical introduction to the study of popular culture within cultural studies. The first six parts each contain a representative selection of readings from a particular approach to popular culture: culture and civilization tradition; culturalism; structuralism and post-structuralism; marxism; feminism and postmodernism. These sections chart the theoretical development of the study of popular culture within cultural studies and provide examples of the analysis of the texts and practices of popular culture from within each specific tradition. The final section contains readings from recent debates on the study of popular culture.

Mass Culture

Author: Bernard Rosenberg
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Haunted Homes

Author: Dahlia Schweitzer
Editor: Quick Takes: Movies and Popula
ISBN: 9781978807747
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Exploring a crucial yet critically underappreciated trope of horror--the haunted house--Haunted Homes illuminates the ways in which it has come to signify the anxieties, traumas, and terrors of suburban American life. Surprisingly comprehensive and eminently readable, this slim volume establishes beyond a doubt that in movies and television series from The Conjuring to The Haunting of Hill House, "home is where the horror is." Haunted Homes is unique in its focus on what Schweitzer calls the "suburban gothic." Scholarly studies of the supernatural in horror cinema tend to be decidedly ahistorical, suggesting that contemporary films about haunted houses tap into the same fear of the uncanny evoked by eighteenth and nineteenth-century works of European gothic literature. Schweitzer, however, argues that these films are distinctly modern and American, framing them as a dark reflection of suburban life since the 1950s and particularly in the decade following the economic collapse of 2008. Schweitzer undertakes an in-depth examination of the history of suburbia in the United States as well, offering a detailed and informed account of its origins and development. This is a fresh and original approach. It opens up a new way of seeing haunted homes in recent horror cinema and television, setting her book apart from others on the topic. This is consequently a book that will appeal to a wide range of readers, from film scholars and students to fans of the horror genre.

Time Out Interviews 1968 1998

Author: Time Out Magazine Ltd
Editor: Time Out Guides
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Collected in this volume are nearly 200 interviews with the leading figures of film, music, art, and letters, conducted between 1968 and 1998 by Time Out magazine. From Sir John Gielgud to Sharon Stone, Francois Truffaut to Spike Lee, William Burroughs to Samuel Beckett and Jorge Luis Borges, The Clash to Madonna, and Mick Jagger to Andy Warhol, here are the words and images of the men and women who have shaped popular -- and not-so-popular -- culture. In addition, there are countless contemporary features, reviews, illustrations, quotes, and news pieces, making Time Out Interviews an indispensable chronicle of recent entertainment history.

Beyond The Stars Locales In American Popular Film

Author: Paul Loukides
Editor: Popular Press
ISBN: 9780879725884
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The Beyond the Stars: Studies in American Popular Film series was begun with a sense that the study of American movie conventions of plot, character, material objects, locales and thematic or ideological motifs across the boundaries of genre - as well as within those boundaries - could lead to new insights into the relationship between popular film and the complex social matrix of American life. For the film scholar interests in the symbiotic relationship between popular film and American life, the study of film conventions offers the kind of historical perspective that is a requisite component of the study of American popular culture. Because individual film conventions can be documented with some precision, they can offer particularly telling clues into the interaction between the world of film and the social environment which created and consumed those films. In this volume of the Beyond the Stars series, the subject of the various individual essays are discrete conventions of movie locales, but the subject of the volume as a whole - as with the other books in the series - is the viability of film convention studies as a tool for the study of film and American culture.