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Fear A Cultural History

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ISBN-10: 1593761546

ISBN-13: 9781593761547

Edition: 2006

Authors: Joanna Bourke

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"Fear -- the word, itself, conjures the appropriate response. With a dark cacophony of associations like fright, dread, horror, panic, alarm, anxiety, and terror, fear is universally understood as one of the most basic and powerful of human emotions, obtaining a nearly palpable and overwhelming substance in today's world. In this remarkable, groundbreaking book, acclaimed historian Joanna Bourke covers the landscape of fear over the past two hundred years: From the 19th century dread of being buried alive -- a subject dear to the heart of Edgar Allen Poe -- to the current worry over being able to die when one chooses; from the diagnoses of phobias and anxieties produced by psychotherapists and lovingly catalogued to the role of popular culture and media in inciting panic and dread; from the horrors of the nuclear age to the cold fear of 21st century terrorism. "Fear" tells the compelling story of anguish in modern times. A blend of social and cultural history with psychology, philosophy, and popular science, this astonishing book -- exhaustively researched and beautifully written -- offers strikingly original insights into the mind and worldview of the "long twentieth century" from one of the most brilliant scholars of our time.
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Book details

List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 4/9/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 520
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.606

Preface
Introduction: Fear
Afterword to the Introduction: The Face of Fear
Worlds of Doom
Introduction
Death
Disasters
Emotionology
Spheres of Uncertainty
Introduction
The Child
Nightmares
Phobias
Psychohistory
Whorls of Irrationality
Introduction
Social Hysteria
Fear versus Anxiety
Zones of Confrontation
Introduction
Combat
Civilians Under Attack
Nuclear Threats
Narrativity
Realms of Anxiety
Introduction
The Body
Strangers
Aesthesiology
Conclusion: Terror
Notes
Bibliography
Index