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The Gothic Vision: Three Centuries of Horror, Terror and Fear
The Gothic Vision examines a broad range of tales of horror, terror, the uncanny and the supernatural, spanning the late-eighteenth century to the present, and of related theoretical approaches to the realm of dark writing. It argues that such narratives are objects for historical analysis, due to their implication in specific ideologies, whilst also focusing on the recurr ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published November 21st 2005 by Bloomsbury Academic
(first published August 1st 2002)
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Sep 05, 2011 Carlos rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Recommends it for: people into dark fantasy and philosophy
As a fan of horror fiction, I'm interested in the question of why people read horror. After all, why seek out fictional cruelties when the world is so full of real ones. Horror authors themselves, from Stephen King to Thomas Ligotti, have provided interesting answers, but Cavallaro's book provides a very interesting perspective. The Gothic Vision shows how works of dark fantasy allow us to contemplate and even accept the dark facets of our lives and our own beings that we do not tend to acknowle ...more
Some interesting points here, but is there really any need to use words like 'autotelic', 'internecine', 'alterity' and 'coterminous'? Academics, you're not making it easy for the rest of us to understand what you're trying to say!