Dreadful Pleasures: An Anatomy of Modern Horror

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9780195050677: Dreadful Pleasures: An Anatomy of Modern Horror

Dreadful Pleasures takes a lively look at the stories that make our hair stand on end. James Twitchell examines the appeal of horror through the centuries--its persistence in our culture, its manifestations in art, literature, and cinema, and our need for the frisson it provides.
From the cave paintings at Lascaux to the "slasher" movies of today, Twitchell traces our fascination with horror stories and explores why certain myths and images--vampires and transformational monsters like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde--have had special resonance in our culture, and why others have faded. Whether discussing the engravings of William Hogarth or The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Twitchell is consistently insightful and entertaining. Film buffs and scholars, literary critics and Gothic novel devotees will all welcome this study of the horror genre and the immense appeal it has had throughout the centuries.

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About the Author:
James B. Twitchell is Professor of English at the University of Florida. His previous books include The Living Dead: The Vampire in Romantic Literature.

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Waller, Gregory A. The Living and the Undead: fromn Stroker's ``Dracula'' to Romero's ``Dawn of the Dead.'' Univ. of Illinois Pr. Jan. 1986. c.384p. illus. index. LC 84-24027. ISBN 0-252-01208-9. $24.95. film/lit The new academic respectability of popular culture is on prominent display in these fascinating studies of 19th- and especially 20th-century horror narratives. Both writers bring an impressive array of persepectivespsychoanalytic, literary critical, anthropologicalto bear on novels and films that demonstrate our continuing fascination with abominations. Twitchell's scope is the broader one. Developing ideas about monstrosity he first suggested in the more narrowly literary The Living Dead (Duke, 1981), he attempts an anatomy of modern horror by focussing on the original appearances and subsequent reincarnations of Dracula, Frankenstein, and what he calls ``the transformation monster.'' Twitchell's anatomy is ultimately psychoanalytic: we create and re-create these monsters to remind us all of the dangers of incestan argument which is not fully convincing, but always stimulating. Waller confines himself to variations on the vampire story (with Dracula as the model), which he defines as confrontations between the living and the undead. For him, these narratives (mostly films) can be considered together as a ``genre,'' one which constantly redefines itself both in relation to previous tellings and to the ongoing history of the culture which produces it. For Waller, vampire stories are finally about human ``survival,'' a slightly reductive conclusion to a book which frequently displays great subtlety and insight in interpreting these narratives (especially the films) both individually and as a genre. John Allen Stevenson, English Dept., Univ. of Colorado, Boulder
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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