Dread of Difference Gender and the Horror Film

ISBN-10: 0292727941

ISBN-13: 9780292727946

Edition: 1996

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An undying procession of sons of Dracula and daughters of darkness has animated the horror film genre from the beginning. Indeed, in this pioneering exploration of the cinema of fear, Barry Keith Grant and twenty other film critics posit that horror is always rooted in gender, particularly in anxieties about sexual difference and gender politics. The book opens with the influential theoretical works of Linda Williams, Carol J. Clover, and Barbara Creed. Subsequent essays explore the history of the genre, from classic horror such as King Kong and Bride of Frankenstein to the more recent Fatal Attraction and Bram Stoker' Dracula . Other topics covered include the work of horror auteurs David Cronenberg, Dario Argento, and George Romero; the Aliens trilogy; and the importance of gender in relation to horror marketing and reception. Other contributors include Vera Dika, Thomas Doherty, Lucy Fischer, ChristopherSharrett, Vivian Sobchack, Tony Williams, and Robin Wood. Writing acrossa full range of critical methods from classic psychoanalysis to feminismand postmodernism, they balance theoretical generalizations with close readingsof films and discussions of figures associated with the genre. The Dread of Difference demonstrates that horror is hardly a uniformly masculine discourse. As these essays persuasively show, not only are horror movies about patriarchy and its fear of the feminine, but they also offer feminist critique and pleasure.
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 1/1/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 476
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.694

Alistair Fox holds a personal chair in the Department of English and is director of the Centre for Research on National Identity at the University of Otago.Barry Keith Grant is professor of film studies and popular culture at Brock University.

When the Woman Looks
Horror and the Monstrous-Feminine
An Imaginary Abjection
Her Body, Himself
Gender in the Slasher Film
"It Will Thrill You, It May Shock You, It Might Even Horrify You"
Gender, Reception, and Classic Horror Cinema
Bringing It All Back Home
Family Economy and Generic Exchange
Trying to Survive on the Darker Side
1980s Family Horror
Genre, Gender, and the Aliens Trilogy
Taking Back the Night of the Living Dead
George Romero, Feminism, and the Horror Film
Gender, Genre, Argento
"Beyond the Veil of the Flesh"
Cronenberg and the Disembodiment of Horror
The Horror Film in Neoconservative Culture
Horror, Femininity, and Carrie' Monstrous Puberty
The Monster as Woman
Two Generations of Cat People
Here Comes the Bride
Wedding Gender and Race in Bride of Frankenstein
King Kong
The Beast in the Boudoir or, "You Can't Marry That Girl, You're a Gorilla!"
The Stepfather
Father as Monster in the Contemporary Horror Film
Burying the Undead
The Use and Obsolescence of Count Dracula
Daughters of Darkness
The Lesbian Vampire on Film
From Dracula--with Love
The Place of Passion
Reflections on Fatal Attraction
Birth Traumas
Parturition and Horror in Rosemary' Baby
Selected Bibliography
Notes on Contributors
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