Title

Turning Dark Pages and Transacting with the Inner Self: Adolescents' Perspectives of Reading Horror Texts

Author Faculty (Discipline)

Education

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

11-7-2018

Book

The Palgrave Handbook to Horror Literature pp. 101-112

ISBN

978-3-319-97406-4

Embargo Period

9-6-2021

ANZSRC / FoR Code

3901 Curriculum and pedagogy

Reportable Items (HERDC/ERA)

B1

Peer Review

Before publication

Abstract

This handbook examines the use of horror in storytelling, from oral traditions through folklore and fairy tales to contemporary horror fiction. Divided into sections that explore the origins and evolution of horror fiction, the recurrent themes that can be seen in horror, and ways of understanding horror through literary and cultural theory, the text analyses why horror is so compelling, and how we should interpret its presence in literature. Chapters explore historical horror aspects including ancient mythology, medieval writing, drama, chapbooks, the Gothic novel, and literary Modernism and trace themes such as vampires, children and animals in horror, deep dark forests, labyrinths, disability, and imperialism. Considering horror via postmodern theory, evolutionary psychology, postcolonial theory, and New Materialism, this handbook investigates issues of gender and sexuality, race, censorship and morality, environmental studies, and literary versus popular fiction.

Comments

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Staff and Students of Avondale College may access The Palgrave Handbook to Horror Literature from Avondale College Library PRIMO search here


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