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Shocking Representation: Historical Trauma, National Cinema, and the Modern Horror Film (Film and Culture)

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Explores the ways in which a group of groundbreaking horror films engaged the haunting social conflicts left in the wake of World War II, Hiroshima, and the Vietnam War. This book shows that through allegorical representations these directors' films confronted and challenged comforting historical narratives and notions of national identity.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 9th 2005 by Columbia University Press (first published 2005)
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Zane
Book of cultural studies essays on horror film. Most of the chapters are on non-US horror, but there is a chapter on 'Last House on the Left' that presents the film in relation to the Kent State shooting, Viet Nam, the decline of 60's counter-culture, and news coverage of the war for the middle class. Great essay for any horror fan looking for an in depth explanation of this film. I hadn't seen the other films it addresses, so those were less interesting to me.
Jonas
Aug 30, 2007 Jonas rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Horror and cultural theory geeks
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Great chapters on Peeping Tom, The Last House on the Left, and Shivers. Two neat things I learned: 1) Kent State destroyed the new left movement in 1970 and 2) Last House on the Left may be referring to the political left. I also learned a new word: jetztzeit, a German word for the moment when past and present illuminate each other.
Jonathan
Lowenstein does make a lot of interesting ties between horror as a genre (past and present) and horror as a reality. The book isn't for everyone, but it is a worthwhile read.
Caitlin
Shocking Representation: Historical Trauma, National Cinema, and the Modern Horror Film (Film and Culture Series) by Adam Lowenstein (2005)
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