The Pleasures of Horror

The Pleasures of Horror Pleasures of Horror is a stimulating and insightful exploration of horror fictions literary cinematic and televisual and the emotions they engender in their audiences The text is divided into three s

  • Title: The Pleasures of Horror
  • Author: Matt Hills
  • ISBN: 9780826458889
  • Page: 376
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pleasures of Horror is a stimulating and insightful exploration of horror fictions literary, cinematic and televisual and the emotions they engender in their audiences The text is divided into three sections The first examines how horror is valued and devalued in different cultural fields the second investigates the cultural politics of the contemporary horror film whiPleasures of Horror is a stimulating and insightful exploration of horror fictions literary, cinematic and televisual and the emotions they engender in their audiences The text is divided into three sections The first examines how horror is valued and devalued in different cultural fields the second investigates the cultural politics of the contemporary horror film while the final part considers horror fandom in relation to its embodied practices film festivals , its reading formations commercial fan magazines and fanzines and the role of special effects.Pleasures of Horror combines a wide range of media and textual examples with highly detailed and closely focused exposition of theory It is a fascinating and engaging look at responses to a hugely popular genre and an invaluable resource for students of media, cultural and film studies and fans of horror.

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    1. This was a really great survey of how horror fans and academic scholars talk about the horror genre and their relation to such texts. If you're looking for a cultural history of horror films or other horror fiction, this isn't the book you want. there are others that perform that work in much greater detail. However, if you are interested in fan-cultures and the expectations various groups of people have about horror texts, this book offers a lot of great insights and ideas, while also being fai [...]

    2. Interesting examination of the theories of horror, using a metatheoretical lens to identify weak points in previous ideas of horror and terror. Pleasure does a nice job of looking at how many current investigations ignore the affect in horror or how enjoyment of horror is also a performative act. Taking most of his lead from Bourdeau's Fields of Cultural Production, Hills makes a convincing case for re-examining horror fans.

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