Philosophy of Horror Or, Paradoxes of the Heart

ISBN-10: 0415902169

ISBN-13: 9780415902168

Edition: 1990

Authors: Noel Carroll
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Description: For decades, the horror genre has been a major popular entertainment and has dominated the publishing and film industries. Yet there exists no philosophical examination of the genre - the time for its aesthetic analysis is ripe. Noel Carroll, film scholar and philosopher, offers the first serious look at the aesthetics of horror. In this book he discusses the nature and narrative structures of the genre, dealing with horror as a "transmedia" phenomenon. A fan and serious student of the horror genre, Carroll brings to bear his comprehensive knowledge of obscure and forgotten works, as well as of the horror masterpieces. Working from a philosophical perspective, he tries to account for how people can find pleasure in having their wits scared out of them. What, after all, are those "paradoxes of the heart" that make us want to be horrified?

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Book details

List price: $52.95
Copyright year: 1990
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 1/19/1990
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 268
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Nature of Horror
Metaphysics and Horror, or Relating to Fictions
Plotting Horror
Why Horror?
Notes
Index
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