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Title Mastering fear : women, emotions, and contemporary horror / Rikke Schubart.
Author Schubart, Rikke, author.
Publication New York, NY : Bloomsbury Academic, 2020.
Copyright date ©2018
Edition Paperback edition.
Description xx, 358 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Call # 791.436164 S
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 325-340), filmography (pages 341-344) and index.
Summary Mastering Fear analyzes horror as play and examines what functions horror has and why it is adaptive and beneficial for audiences, including women. It takes a biocultural approach, and focusing on emotions, gender, and play, it argues that the audience plays with fiction horror. In horror we engage not only with the negative emotions of fear and disgust, but with a wide range of emotions, both positive and negative, and the aim for us is to master these emotions. The book lays out a new theory of horror and analyzes female protagonists in contemporary horror from child to teen, adult, middle age, and old age. Since the turn of the millennium, we have seen a new generation of female protagonists in horror. There are feisty teens in Ginger Snaps (Canada, 2000) and The Vampire Diaries (CW, 2009- ), young women in Hostel: Part II (2007) and Bitten (Space, 2014- ), troubled mothers in Grace (2009) and The Babadook (Australia, 2014), and struggling women in the New French extremity with Martyrs (France, 2008) and Inside (France, 2007) as examples. At the edges of the genre films like Pan's Labyrinth (Spain, 2006) and Let the Right One In (Sweden, 2008) experiment with the fairy tale and social realism. Also, middle-age women have conquered the small screen with Carol in The Walking Dead (AMC, 2010- ) and Jessica Lange's characters in American Horror Story (FX, 2011- ). The horror heroine thus shifts from child to mother, from single to wife, martyr to vengeful victor, and these many forms show that horror is not just for men, but also for women, and not just for the young, but for audiences of all ages.
Contents Introduction: approaching the problem -- The dark stage -- Child. Mud, blood, and magic: genre and gender in Pan's Labyrinth. Pan's Labyrinth (2006) -- The bio-logic of vengeance in Let the Right One In. Let the Right One In (2008) -- Teen & emerging adult. "She made a choice": werewolf affordances and female character development. Wilderness (1996), Ginger Snaps (2000), Hemlock Grove (2013-2015), Bitten (2014-2016) -- Lust, trust, and educational torture: The Vampire Diaries. The Vampire Diaries (2009-2017) -- Disgust and self-injury: In My Skin, Martyrs, Black Swan. In My Skin (2002), Martyrs (2008), Black Swan (2010) -- The maternal myth: birth, breastfeeding, mothering. Inside (2007), Grace (2009), The Babadook (2014) -- Middle Age. Home and road: Carol's change in The Walking Dead. The Walking Dead (2010- ) -- Age anxiety and chills: Jessica Lange and American Horror Story. American Horror Story (2011- ) -- Abyss and peak: the new old woman. Penny Dreadful (2014-2016) -- Exit: playing the ball back to the universe.
Subject Horror films -- Psychological aspects.
Horror films -- History and criticism.
Women in motion pictures.
Emotions in motion pictures.
Emotions in motion pictures. (OCoLC)fst00908875
Horror films. (OCoLC)fst00960370
Horror films -- Psychological aspects. (OCoLC)fst00960374
Women in motion pictures. (OCoLC)fst01177931
Genre Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
ISBN 1501361619 (paperback) :
9781501361616 (paperback) :
1501336711 (hardcover)
9781501336713 (hardcover)

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