There’s more to Fear than Fear Itself: Fears and Anxieties in the 21st Century


There’s more to Fear than Fear Itself: Fears and Anxieties in the 21st Century


Edited by Izabela Dixon, Selina E. M. Doran and Bethan Michael

Year: 2016

Format: eBook (PDF)

This multidisciplinary volume explores contemporary fears from the monstrous to the mundane, examining media constructions and representations of anxieties about technology, terrorism, violence, death and black holes.

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From concerns about the ‘other’ and the ‘unknown’ through to anxieties about crime and the apocalyptic and monstrous, these chapters traverse a contemporary landscape of social, cultural and existential fears. How do fictional narratives in literature, film and television programmes construct and entrench fears and anxieties? What can contemporary fears and anxieties tell us about the changing nature of the world? What is perceived as a threat? How do the media shape perceptions of those threats? Gun crime, gender equality, terrorism, technology, black holes, Ebola and the return of the dead are all seen to produce fear and anxiety. Reflecting on the things we have come to fear the most and exploring their specific constructions and implications, this volume brings new dimensions to our understanding of the fears and anxieties that permeate the contemporary West.

Izabela Dixon, Selina E. M. Doran and Bethan Michael

Part I Dystopian Realities

Revising Fear: A Transmedial Approach
Polina Golovátina-Mora

The Fears and Anxieties of Memory in the Digital Era
Malgorzata Kolankowska

The Return of the Dead: Fears and Anxieties Surrounding the Return of the Dead in Late Postmodern Culture
Bethan Michael

The Imaginary of Fears and Anxieties in Contemporary Dystopian Film
Mihai Ene

Part II The Creation of Monsters

EVIL States of Mind: Perceptions of Monstrosity
Izabela Dixon

Male Resistance to Egalitarianism as Fear of Competition: A Cultural Approach to a Gender Issue
Catalin Ghita

Identity and Values of the Polish and British Extreme Right
Marcin Pielużek

Part III Medical Fears
Innovations in Psychological Diagnostics and Psychotherapy
Victoria Dunaeva

Mind Control? Fear and Media Portrayal of ‘Brain Pacemakers’
Oonagh Hayes

Ebola Virus Kills the Other, but Anytime It May Land Here: Media Coverage of an African Plague
Magdalena Hodalska

Part IV Managing Risk

Televised Anxiety: Narratives of Terror and Insecurity from 24 to Homeland
Teresa Botelho

‘An armed student could save so many lives’: The ‘Concealed Carry on Campus’ Movement and Feelings of Fear, Insecurity and Vulnerability
Selina E. M. Doran

ConCERNs: An Interdisciplinary Analysis of the Fear Discourse Connected with the Implementation of the LHC at CERN
Thomas Kronschläger and Eva Sommer

Izabela Dixon is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Humanities, Koszalin University of Technology, Poland. Her academic interests include cognitive linguistics, contemporary fears and anxieties, and dystopian novels. In 2015 she was awarded a PhD with distinction by the University of Gdańsk.

Selina E. M. Doran is a qualitative researcher at Glasgow Caledonian University. She obtained a PhD in Sociology from the University of Glasgow in June 2014. Her doctoral research examined the policy responses to school shootings in the United States.

Bethan Michael is a lecturer in the Education Studies department at the University of Bedfordshire. She is completing a PhD on the treatment of death and the dead in late postmodern culture at the University of Chester. She has a BA and MA in English Literature from Cardiff University and is a Fellow of the RSA and HEA.