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Body Gothic: Corporeal Transgression in Contemporary Literature and Horror Film (University of Wales Press - Gothic Literary Studies)

ISBN: 9781783160921
Publisher: University of Wales Press
Publication Date: 2014-12-15
Number of pages: 252
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Ever since horror became wildly popular in the 1970s, journalists have warned against the dangers of increasingly explicit forms of violent entertainment. Xavier Aldana Reyes takes a different stance in Body Gothic, celebrating the transgressive qualities of this genre. Reyes considers relevant popular literary and filmic movements of the past three decades and reads them as updates in a long gothic tradition that goes back to the eighteenth century. Body Gothic contains case studies of key texts in splatterpunk, body horror, the new avant-pulp, the slaughterhouse novel, torture porn, and surgical horror.

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