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The Politics of Horror

Editors: Damien, Picariello (Ed.)

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  • Utilizes horror as a lens through which to explore politics
  • Offers reader-friendly introductions to issues in politics and political thought
  • Compiles conversations at the intersection of political science, philosophy, film studies, English, comics studies, and other fields
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The Politics of Horror features contributions from scholars in a variety of fields—political science, English, communication studies, and others—that explore the connections between horror and politics. How might resources drawn from the study of politics inform our readings of, and conversations about, horror? In what ways might horror provide a useful lens through which to consider enduring questions in politics and political thought? And what insights might be drawn from horror as we consider contemporary political issues? In turning to horror, the contributors to this volume offer fresh provocations to inform a broad range of discussions of politics.

About the authors

Damien K. Picariello is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of South Carolina Sumter, USA. He is also the author of Politics in Gotham: The Batman Universe and Political Thought (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).

Reviews

The Politics of Horror illustrates how horror is not simply a cinematic genre, but a framework or mode of representation that helps us diagnose our political neurosis. Exploring the range of our collective nightmares—from film and television to comics and live action role play—this collection illustrates how horror, the apocalyptic, and the uncanny are fraught yet valuable resources for making sense of the political.”

Casey Ryan Kelly, Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor, University of Nebraska, USA, and author of Apocalypse Man: The Death Drive and the Rhetoric of White Masculine Victimhood (2020)

 

“Picariello has compiled a fascinating collection of works, providing new insight as to the symbiotic relationship between horror media and the political landscape in the online age. As a die-hard student of frightening fiction, it comes as a welcome reminder of how the media we consume shapes the world we live in—making a compelling case for horror as the most relevant genre in modern entertainment.”

Tyler MacIntyre, Director of Tragedy Girls

Table of contents (20 chapters)

Table of contents (20 chapters)
  • The American Nightmare: Graveyard Voters, Demon Sheep, Devil Women, and Lizard People

    Pages 3-15

    Knopf, Christina M.

  • Horror, Crisis, and Control: Tales of Facing Evils

    Pages 17-31

    Nelson, John S.

  • We’re Witches and We’re Hunting You: Matriarchy and Misogyny in Conjure Wife

    Pages 33-43

    Purvis, Meghan

  • The Democratic Impulse in Post-Apocalyptic Films

    Pages 47-57

    Maloyed, Christie L. (et al.)

  • Through a Glass Darkly: The Dimensionality and Inadequacy of Political Fear in Stephen King’s The Stand

    Pages 59-70

    Mogg, Jennifer A. (et al.)

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Hardcover $99.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Politics of Horror
Editors
  • Picariello Damien
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-42015-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-42015-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-42014-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 282
Number of Illustrations
15 b/w illustrations
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