Transnational Horror Across Visual Media
Edited by Dana Och, Kirsten Strayer
Routledge – 2014 – 256 pages
This volume investigates the horror genre across national boundaries (including locations such as Africa, Turkey, and post-Soviet Russia) and different media forms, illustrating the ways that horror can be theorized through the circulation, reception, and production of transnational media texts. Perhaps more than any other genre, horror is characterized by its ability to be simultaneously aware of the local while able to permeate national boundaries, to function on both regional and international registers. The essays here explore political models and allegories, questions of cult or subcultural media and their distribution practices, the relationship between regional or cultural networks, and the legibility of international horror iconography across distinct media. The book underscores how a discussion of contemporary international horror is not only about genre but about how genre can inform theories of visual cultures and the increasing permeability of their borders.
Introduction. Part I: Spectres of History 1.Ghastly Transmissions: The Horror of Connectivity and the Transnational Flow of Fear Brenda S. Gardenour Walter 2. Desire for the Past: The Supernaturalization of Yatsuhaka-mura Chiho Nakagawa 3. High Stakes: The Vampire and the Double in Russian Cinema Greg Dolgopolov. Part II: Trans(gressing) Genre and Media 4. Dark Monarchs: Gothic Landscapes in Contemporary British Culture Stella Hockenhull 5. European Horror Games: Little Red Riding Hood's Zombie BBQ and the European Game Industry Kara Andersen and Karra Shimabukuro. Part III: Genre, History, and Horror 6. Art, Horror, and International Identity in 1970s Exploitation Films Kirsten Strayer 7. Hollywood's Humanity and Ethics Through the Lens of German Filmmakers in the 1930s Martina Witt-Jauch 8. "The Country Bleeds with a Laugh": Social Criticism Meets Horror Genre in José Mojica Marins’s At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul Diana Anselmo-Sequeira. Part IV: Biology and Bodies 9. Doctor de Sade: A Sadean Approach to Representations of Mad Science in Horror Cinema Lindsay Hallam 10. "You Had Me at I'm Dead": Porn, Horror, and the Fragmented Body Eric Shorey and Jen Hyland. Part V: Postcolonial Animals 11. "The Sheep are Revolting": Becoming-Animal in the Postcolonial Zombie Comedy Dana Och 12. Horrors of Anthropocentrism: "Improved Animals" on the Islands of Dr. Moreau Dale Hudson 13. Horror and Counter History: Profondo Carmesi Marcia Landy
Dana Och is a Lecturer in English and Film Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. She has recently published in Irish Cinema in International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, and in a previous anthology in Genre in Cinema: Ireland and Transnationalism by Routledge Press.
Kirsten Strayer is a Lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh. She has recently published in various anthologies and in Literature/Film Quarterly.