sexta-feira, 31 de julho de 2009

Horror Film and Psychoanalysis

In recent years, psychoanalytic theory has been the subject of attacks from philosophers, cultural critics, and scientists who have questioned the cogency of its reasoning as well as the soundness of its premises.

Nevertheless, when used to shed light on horror cinema, psychoanalysis in its various forms has proven to be a fruitful and provocative interpretative tool.

This volume seeks to find the proper place of psychoanalytic thought in critical discussion of cinema in a series of essays that debate its legitimacy, utility, and validity as applied to the horror genre. It distinguishes itself from previous work in this area through the self-consciousness with which psychoanalytic concepts are employed and the theorization that coexists with interpretations of particular horror films and subgenres.

Foreword: “What Lies Beneath?” Robin Wood
Introduction: “Psychoanalysis in/and/of the Horror Film” - Steven Jay Schneider

Part one: the question of horror-pleasure
1 “What’s the Matter with Melanie?”: Reflections on the Merits
of Psychoanalytic Approaches to Modern Horror Cinema - Cosimo Urbano
2 A Fun Night Out: Horror and Other Pleasures of the Cinema - Michael Levine
3 Excerpt from “Why Horror? The Peculiar Pleasures of a Popular Genre,” with a New Afterword by the Author - Andrew Tudor
4 Philosophical Problems Concerning the Concept of Pleasure in Psychoanalytical Theories of (the Horror) Film - Malcolm Turvey

Part two: theorizing the uncanny
5 Explaining the Uncanny in The Double Life of V´eronique - Cynthia Freeland
6 Manifestations of the Literary Double in Modern Horror Cinema - Steven Jay Schneider
7 Heimlich Maneuvres: On a Certain Tendency of Horror and Speculative Cinema - Harvey Roy Greenberg
8 “It was a dark and stormy night...”: Horror Films and the Problem of Irony - Jonathan L. Crane

Part three: representing psychoanalysis
9 What Does Dr. Judd Want? Transformation, Transference, and Divided Selves in Cat People - William Paul
10 “Ultimate Formlessness”: Cinema, Horror, and the Limits of Meaning - Michael Grant
11 Freud’s Worst Nightmare: Dining with Dr. Hannibal Lecter = Barbara Creed

Part four: new directions
12 Doing Things with Theory: From Freud’s Worst Nightmare to (Disciplinary) Dreams of Horror’s Cultural Value - Matt Hills
13 The Darker Side of Genius: The (Horror) Auteur Meets Freud’s Theory - Linda Badley
14 Violence and Psychophysiology in Horror Cinema - Stephen Prince

Afterword: Psychoanalysis and the Horror Film - No¨el Carroll
About the Contributors

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