Cultural Experiences of Fear, Horror and Terror


Cultural Experiences of Fear, Horror and Terror


Edited by Mark Callaghan and Kacey Davis

Year: 2016

Format: eBook (PDF)

The volume comprises studies of representing and evaluating fear, horror, and terror, through analysis of cinema, literature, theatre, memorialisation, and the visual arts.


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This volume comprises numerous academic papers concerning essential subjects in relation to fear, horror and terror, from cinematic representations and their subsequent responses, to first person accounts of terror by way of literature and journalism. Key scholars are employed to develop these important research areas as they provide new insights into cultural experiences and evaluations of fear, horror and terror, and their consequent analysis. Contributors also explore cross-cultural fear, the memorialisation of violence, and female experiences of fear represented through literature, theatre, and cinema. Valuable research is also demonstrated by way of the conceptualisation and management of fear, including the control of public fear in relation to mental illness, along with significant insights concerning depictions of sexual violence, the concept of the sublime in relation to the visualisation of the universe, and the relationship between scales of fright and the bulk of the on-screen monster.

Evaluations of Fear, Horror and Terror: Aesthetics, Cinema, Literature and Personal Accounts
Mark Callaghan and Kacey Davis

PART I Issues of Representation

Seeing the Invisible: Representing what Cannot Be Represented
Mark Callaghan

Depictions of Terror: Contemporary Artistic Representations of Sexual Violence
Amanda Stone

PART II Gothic Fiction and Female Experiences of Fear

Fears in Hybridic Fiction: When Reality Negates the Pleasures of Terror
Tamara Andersson

Terror and Shock in H.P. Lovecraft: Analysis of Fear and Horror in The Outsider
Catia Sansova Jota

Ordinary Pain: Torture as Domestic Power Struggle in Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming
Kacey Davis

Fear of Implausibility: Women in Othello 
Katia Mitova

The Tragic Politics of Fear and Nature in Lars von Trier’s Antichrist
A. Andreas Wansbrough

PART III The Conceptualisation and Management of Fear and the Memorialisation of Violence

An Analysis of ‘Terror’ in the Light of the Hermeneutics of Paul Ricoeur
Gerben Bakker

Conflicts in the Control of Fear: From the Archives of the New Zealand Mental Hospitals Department
Rebecca McLaughland

Post-War Existence in Georgia: After August 2008
Nino Tabeshadze

PART IV Spaces of Dread and Fear: The Scale of Topography of Terror

Why Size Matters: Fear, Terror and their Real World Counterparts in Monster Movies
Woodrow Hood

Cosmic Landscapes, Infinite Spaces and the Smell of Terror: The Sublime in 20th-Century Space Visualisations
Kornelia Boczkowska

I’m Not Sure I like The Sound of That: Palliative Effects of the ‘Synchronous Monster’ in Cinema
Simon Hewitt

London in Gas: The Uncanny and the Urban Alienated
Puja Sen

PART V First Person Accounts of Terror and Their Effects

Stories of Fear, Horror and Terror: The Price that the Storytellers Pay
Magdalena Hodalska

Reporting Fear in Daniel Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year
Marcia Marques

PART VI Culture, Religion and Identity

The Devil and the Racial Other in Tabish Khair’s The Things about Thugs
Om Prakash Dwivedi

Cross-Cultural Fear? Japanese Horror Films and Their Hollywood Remakes
Martin Hennig

Mark Callaghans thesis concerns the Berlin Holocaust Memorial Competition of the 1990s. Mark also teaches on contemporary memory culture, and is Lecturer in 20th Century European Art at The Highgate Institute, London. Mark is a graduate of Oxford University, the University of Manchester and is currently affiliated to Birkbeck College, University of London.

Kacey Davis is a recent graduate student from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a concentration in Literature. Kacey is currently applying to doctoral programs with a focus on Postmodern British Drama and Postcolonial Literature.