The Biology of Horror

The Biology of Horror

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Publisher: SIU Press

ISBN: 0809389134

Category: Literary Criticism

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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.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Biology of Horror

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

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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.
Categories: Fiction

Poe The House of Usher and the American Gothic

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 both ...

Author: D. Perry

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230620827

Category: Fiction

Page: 190

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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.
Categories: Fiction

The Cinema of Neil Jordan

The Cinema of Neil Jordan

Kristeva , J . ( 1982 ) Powers of Horror : An Essay on Abjection , trans . L . S .
Roudiez . New York : Columbia University Press . Lacey , C . ( 1998 ) ' Patrick
McCabe ' , Publishers Weekly , 16 November , 50 . Lanser , S . ( 1981 ) The
Narrative ...

Author: Carole Zucker

Publisher: Wallflower Press

ISBN: STANFORD:36105131720117

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 203

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'The Cinema of Neil Jordan' discusses his entire output as part of the first comprehensive study of Jordan's career, looking beyond ideological and national concerns to view his films through the prism of Celtic folklore.
Categories: Performing Arts

Bibliographic Index

Bibliographic Index

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Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105127765290

Category: Bibliographical literature

Page: 26

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Categories: Bibliographical literature

Historical Dictionary of Horror Cinema

Historical Dictionary of Horror Cinema

Author: Peter Hutchings

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105124016598

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 379

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The Historical Dictionary of Horror Cinema traces the development of the genre from its beginnings to the present. This is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries.
Categories: Performing Arts

Feeding Culture

Feeding Culture

In this paper I would like to present three different approaches to understanding
Horror through meat . I would like to discuss the images of meat as food ( the "
anthropology " of Horror ) , the images of meat as flesh ( the " biology " of Horror )
 ...

Author: Wojciech Kalaga

Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing

ISBN: UOM:39015060568741

Category: Aliments

Page: 175

View: 618

There is no sapient question: to eat or not to eat? Eating comes before culture, but with culture it becomes more than just eating. It is with the purpose of exploring the relation between culture and consuming food--a relation far more complex than it might seem at first sight--that this book has been intended. In this sense, the book inscribes itself within that trend in cultural studies whose main objectives include the defamiliarization of the commonplace. While its subject matter is quite specific, the range of particular issues--apart from theoretical ones--involves different geo-cultural areas and different temporal environments: from Sri Lanka via Europe to South America, and from ancient Rome via medieval times to contemporary England. Likewise, the cultural realms in which food and eating appeal as significant and meaningful components of reality range from fiction to practices of everyday life, from gender identity to eroticism, from economy to epistemology.
Categories: Aliments

The Biology of War

The Biology of War

Similarly it is an undeniable fact that certain persons do not feel any such horror ,
and that such persons are to be found not only among primitive peoples but even
among modern Europeans . Some of them have insane or criminal tendencies ...

Author: Georg Friedrich Nicolai

Publisher:

ISBN: UCLA:L0070378872

Category: Militarism

Page: 506

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Categories: Militarism

Terror All Around

Terror All Around

The Rhetoric of Horror in the Book of Jeremiah Amy Kalmanofsky Andrew Mein,
Claudia V. Camp. The text rhetorically asks : Does the ... The first is that horror
rhetoric conveys what Morgan terms “ biological failure . ” A horrific world is a
sterile ...

Author: Amy Kalmanofsky

Publisher: T&T Clark

ISBN: UOM:39015080692141

Category: Religion

Page: 164

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Among the many strategies of persuasive speech, biblical prophets often employ a rhetoric of horror. Prophets use verbal threats and graphic images of destruction to terrify their audience. Contemporary horror theory provides insight into the rhetoric of horror employed by the prophets. In this book, Amy Kalmanofsky applies horror theory to the book of Jeremiah and considers the nature of biblical horror and the objects that provoke horror, as well as the ways texts like Jeremiah work to elicit horror from their audience. Kalmanofsky begins by analyzing the emotional response of horror as reflected in characters' reactions to terrifying entities in the book of Jeremiah. Horror, she concludes, is a composite emotion consisting of fear in response to a threatening entity and a corresponding response of shame either directed toward one's self or felt on behalf of another. Having considered the nature of horror, she turns to the objects that elicit horror and consider their ontological qualities and the nature of the threat they pose. There are two central monstrous figures in the book of Jeremiah-aggressor God and defeated Israel. Both of these monsters refuse to be integrated into and threaten to disintegrate the expected order of the universe. She then presents a close, rhetorical reading of Jeremiah 6 and consider the way this text works to horrify its audience. The book concludes by considering fear's place within religious experience and the theological implications of a rhetoric that portrays God and Israel as monsters.
Categories: Religion

Book Review Digest

Book Review Digest

... Fossil See Fossil hominids Homoplasy See also Evolution ( Biology )
Homosexual desire in Revolutionary Russia . ... Horror film and psychoanalysis
Horror films Heffernan , K. Ghouls , gimmicks , and gold Morgan , J. The biology
of horror ...

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Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015066156806

Category: Bibliography

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Categories: Bibliography

New World Irish

New World Irish

The book concerns the new World Irish, tracing the developing profile of the Irish in America from the Famine forward.

Author: Jack Morgan

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 0230116965

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 296

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This book carefully examines representative texts and events that reflect the Irish presence in American culture from the Famine to the present. A noted scholar in the field of Irish-American literature and history, Jack Morgan sets forth and analyzes a wealth of material previously unexamined with clarity and insight. Writers from Mark Twain, Henry David Thoreau, and Margaret Fuller, to Harold Frederic and Sarah Orne Jewett, are considered in terms of their engagement with and relationships to the new Irish arrivals in the nineteenth century. Through a variety of texts, lives, and events, this study unfolds a fascinating panorama of Irish-American history, culture, and popular culture.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Magill s Cinema Annual 1987

Magill s Cinema Annual 1987

It is , however , a film upsettingly obsessed with bodies and flesh , with mutation
and mutilation , with physical corruption and degeneration — with a biological
horror already explored by Cronenberg in such earlier films as They Came from ...

Author: Frank Northen Magill

Publisher: Gale / Cengage Learning

ISBN: 0893564060

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 600

View: 887

Categories: Performing Arts

The Biology of God

The Biology of God

As I write , I can at this point imagine gasps of horror from two different classes of
reader . Some gasps ... The other will come from those who are vegetarians as a
matter of principle ; the very idea that our religious 170 THE BIOLOGY OF GOD.

Author: Sir Alister Clavering Hardy

Publisher: Jonathan Cape

ISBN: UVA:X000286947

Category: Evolution

Page: 238

View: 349

Categories: Evolution

The Biology of Man

The Biology of Man

Several diseases we have no horror of today were more often than not fatal only
fifty years ago or less . Tuberculosis and diptheria are good examples . These
and other diseases have not suddenly disappeared . Their effects are less
harmful ...

Author: Hilary Spiers

Publisher:

ISBN: CORNELL:31924003127481

Category: Human anatomy

Page: 284

View: 781

Categories: Human anatomy

The Biology of Peace and War

The Biology of Peace and War

... possessing eyes and other sense organs , a nervous system , and an
apparatus endowing it with mobility , turns into an eyeless parasite incapable of
movement that permeates the body of a host like a fungus , it fills us with horror .
From the ...

Author: Irenäus Eibl-Eibesfeldt

Publisher: Viking

ISBN: STANFORD:36105081091634

Category: Aggressiveness.

Page: 294

View: 744

Ethologist Eibl-Eibesfeldt's controversial brief argues the case for man's innate aggressiveness and stresses that man's acknowledgement of his violent tendencies could lead to a new evolution, one directed by reason
Categories: Aggressiveness.

The Biology of Cholesterol and Related Steroids

The Biology of Cholesterol and Related Steroids

Anyone doubting this should read Judson's ( 1979 ) enthralling account of the
beginnings of molecular biology . ... in the current controversy should try to
emulate Darwin , one of whose many endearing traits was a horror of being
unfair to his ...

Author: N. B. Myant

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015004400464

Category: Blood cholesterol

Page: 910

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The Biology of Cholesterol and Related Steroids ...
Categories: Blood cholesterol

The Biology and Conservation of South Africa s Vanishing Waters

The Biology and Conservation of South Africa s Vanishing Waters

Had we been based in any other part of the country , we would no doubt have
had just as many horror stories to relate ! Bryan Davies and Jenny Day February
1986 CHAPTER ONE INTRODUCTION Bryan Davies & Jenny Day The Great XIV
.

Author: Bryan Robert Davies

Publisher:

ISBN: CORNELL:31924050294218

Category: Freshwater biology

Page: 186

View: 770

Categories: Freshwater biology

Horror

Horror

... the success of Darwin ' s revolutionary biology depended upon the persona of
Darwin , the disinterested observer , just explaining how things were and , almost
as an afterthought , kicking out the supports from underneath the notion of God ...

Author: E. Michael Jones

Publisher: Spence Pub

ISBN: STANFORD:36105111963901

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 298

View: 663

There's more to horror than cheap thrills. Beginning with Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, tales of horror have consistently drawn a connection between transgressive sex and violent death. In this captivating history from the French Revolution to modern Hollywood, E. Michael Jones reveals the origins of horror in the lives of its creators.Tormented by her husband's spectacular debauchery, Mary Shelley created a powerful and unforgettable avenging monster. Rising in repudiation of the very way of life that produced it, Frankenstein's monster, Jones shows, became the model for all others.Turning next to Bram Stoker's Dracula, Jones follows the progress of horror from the syphilitic underworld of Victorian England to Weimar Germany and the classic film Nosferatu. Bringing his account to the end of the twentieth century, he shows how the Western imagination has responded to the explosive force of the sexual revolution with horror of unprecedented intensity. In the Alien series and other contemporary films, the culture of abortion and pornography has spawned a new and terrifying breed of avenging monster.Jones's provocative book Shows fans of Steven King, Anne Rice, and Wes Craven what lies beneath. Explores the chaotic lives and haunted consciences of the men and women who created horror Reveals the connection between sex and horror Explains our need for horror -- and why we don't understand it
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