The Philosophy of Horror

Noel Carroll, film scholar and philosopher, offers the first serious look at the aesthetics of horror. In this book he discusses the nature and narrative structures of the genre, dealing with horror as a "transmedia" phenomenon.

The Philosophy of Horror

Author: Monroe C Beardsley Professor of Philosophy Noel Carroll

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135965048

Page: 272

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Noel Carroll, film scholar and philosopher, offers the first serious look at the aesthetics of horror. In this book he discusses the nature and narrative structures of the genre, dealing with horror as a "transmedia" phenomenon. A fan and serious student of the horror genre, Carroll brings to bear his comprehensive knowledge of obscure and forgotten works, as well as of the horror masterpieces. Working from a philosophical perspective, he tries to account for how people can find pleasure in having their wits scared out of them. What, after all, are those "paradoxes of the heart" that make us want to be horrified?

The Philosophy of Horror

Inviting readers to ponder this genre's various manifestations since the late 1700s, this collection of probing essays allows fans and philosophy buffs alike to view horror narratives with fresh eyes and consider their dark themes within ...

The Philosophy of Horror

Author: Thomas Richard Fahy

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813125731

Page: 259

View: 473

Sitting on pins and needles, anxiously waiting to see what will happen next, horror audiences crave the fear and exhilaration generated by a terrifying story; their anticipation is palpable. But they also breathe a sigh of relief when the action is over, when they are able to close their books or leave the movie theater. Whether serious, kitschy, frightening, or ridiculous, horror not only arouses the senses but also raises profound questions about fear, safety, justice, and suffering. From literature and urban legends to film and television, horror's ability to thrill has made it an integral part of modern entertainment. Thomas Fahy and twelve other scholars reveal the underlying themes of the genre in The Philosophy of Horror. Examining the evolving role of horror, the contributing authors investigate works such as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1818), horror films of the 1930s, Stephen King's novels, Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of The Shining (1980), and Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960). Also examined are works that have largely been ignored in philosophical circles, including Truman Capote's In Cold Blood (1965), Patrick Süskind's Perfume (1985), and James Purdy's Narrow Rooms (2005). The analysis also extends to contemporary forms of popular horror and "torture-horror" films of the last decade, including Saw (2004), Hostel (2005), The Devil's Rejects (2005), and The Hills Have Eyes (2006), as well as the ongoing popularity of horror on the small screen. The Philosophy of Horror celebrates the strange, compelling, and disturbing elements of horror, drawing on interpretive approaches such as feminist, postcolonial, Marxist, and psychoanalytic criticism. The book invites readers to consider horror's various manifestations and transformations since the late 1700s, probing its social, cultural, and political functions in today's media-hungry society.

The Philosophy of H P Lovecraft

Lovecraft was also an interesting person whose life is documented in his many letters. This book unifies the biographical, fictional, and philosophical dimensions of Lovecraft's writings.

The Philosophy of H P  Lovecraft

Author: Timo Airaksinen

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated

ISBN:

Page: 251

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H. P. Lovecraft (1890-1937) was a great horror writer, correspondent, and philosopher. This book focuses on his stories, texts, and ideas. It attempts to make sense of their underlying unity. The main themes are value nihilism, cosmicism, the language of the unsayable, and the tension between science and magic. Special attention is paid to Lovecraft's style, which is shown to be an essential aspect of his creativity. Lovecraft was also an interesting person whose life is documented in his many letters. This book unifies the biographical, fictional, and philosophical dimensions of Lovecraft's writings.

Terrors of the Flesh

This book examines the relationship between these writers and the various manifestations of body horror in film.

Terrors of the Flesh

Author: David Huckvale

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476682186

Page: 196

View: 117

The horror and psychological denial of our mortality, along with the corruptibility of our flesh, are persistent themes in drama. Body horror films have intensified these themes in increasingly graphic terms. The aesthetic of body horror has its origins in the ideas of the Marquis de Sade and the existential philosophies of Arthur Schopenhauer and Friedrich Nietzsche, all of whom demonstrated that we have just cause to be anxious about our physical reality and its existence in the world. This book examines the relationship between these writers and the various manifestations of body horror in film. The most characteristic examples of this genre are those directed by David Cronenberg, but body horror as a whole includes many variations on the theme by other figures, whose work is charted here through eight categories: copulation, generation, digestion, mutilation, infection, mutation, disintegration and extinction.

Videogames and Horror

Noël Carroll, The Philosophy of Horror or Paradoxes of the Heart (New York:
Routledge, 2004), p. 181. Carroll, The Philosophy of Horror, p. 181. Carroll, The
Philosophy of Horror, p. 100. Gerard Genette, Narrative Discourse: An Essay in ...

Videogames and Horror

Author: Dawn Stobbart

Publisher: University of Wales Press

ISBN: 1786834375

Page: 304

View: 898

Videogames are full of horrors – and of horror, a facet of the media that has been largely overlooked by the academic community in terms of lengthy studies in the fast-growing field of videogame scholarship. This book engages with the research of prominent scholars across the humanities to explore the presence, role and function of horror in videogames, and in doing so it demonstrates how videogames enter discussion on horror and offer a unique, radical space that horror is particularly suited to fill. The topics covered include the construction of stories in videogames, the role of the monster and, of course, how death is treated as a learning tool and as a facet of horror.

Philosophy of Art

Also available in this series: Epistemology Pb: 0-415-13043-3: £12.99 Ethics Pb: 0-415-15625-4: £11.99 Metaphysics Pb: 0-415-14034-X: £12.99 Philosophy of Mind Pb: 0-415-13060-3: £11.99 Philosophy of Religion Pb: 0-415-13214-2: £12.99

Philosophy of Art

Author: Noël Carroll

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134722508

Page: 288

View: 141

Philosophy of Art is a textbook for undergraduate students interested in the topic of philosophical aesthetics. It introduces the techniques of analytic philosophy as well as key topics such as the representational theory of art, formalism, neo-formalism, aesthetic theories of art, neo-Wittgensteinism, the Institutional Theory of Art. as well as historical approaches to the nature of art. Throughout, abstract philosophical theories are illustrated by examples of both traditional and contemporary art including frequent reference to the avant-garde in this way enriching the readers understanding of art theory as well as the appreciation of art. Unique features of the textbook are: * chapter summaries * summaries of major theories of art and suggested analyses of the important categories used when talking and thinking of art * annotated suggested readings at the ends of chapters. Also available in this series: Epistemology Pb: 0-415-13043-3: £12.99 Ethics Pb: 0-415-15625-4: £11.99 Metaphysics Pb: 0-415-14034-X: £12.99 Philosophy of Mind Pb: 0-415-13060-3: £11.99 Philosophy of Religion Pb: 0-415-13214-2: £12.99

The Philosophy of Martin Scorsese

( namely , ] that we are somehow attracted to . . . horrific spectacle itself ” ( in ibid .
, 287 ) . Finally , in The Philosophy of Horror , Noel Carroll asserts that horror
fictions attract their audiences “ by means of trafficking in the very sorts of things
that ...

The Philosophy of Martin Scorsese

Author: Mark T. Conard

Publisher: Philosophy of Popular Culture

ISBN:

Page: 272

View: 211

In The Philosophy of Martin Scorsese, an impressive cast of contributors explores the complex themes and philosophical underpinnings of Martin Scorsese's films. One of the most significant filmmakers in the history of American cinema, Scorsese is the creative force behind films such as GoodFellas, Taxi Driver, The Last Temptation of Christ, The Aviator, and The Age of Innocence. The contributing authors use Scorsese's films as vehicles for exploration of philosophical concepts such as friendship and egoism, vigilantism, libertarianism, Buddhist ethics, desire and self-restraint, madness, the criminal mind, beatitude and unhappiness, and the absurd.

Dark Thoughts

This is a collection of highly engaging and provocative essays by top scholars in the increasingly interrelated fields of Philosophy, Film Studies, and Communication Arts that deal with the epistemology, aesthetics, ethics, metaphysics, and ...

Dark Thoughts

Author: Steven Jay Schneider

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9780810847927

Page: 294

View: 855

This is a collection of highly engaging and provocative essays by top scholars in the increasingly interrelated fields of Philosophy, Film Studies, and Communication Arts that deal with the epistemology, aesthetics, ethics, metaphysics, and genre dynamics of horror cinema past and present, reveals that our fascination with horror cinema, and the pleasure we take in it, is in the end simply a natural extension of a philosopher's inclination to wonder. Contributors include Curtis Bowman, Noël Carroll, Elizabeth Cowie, Angela Curran, Cynthia Freeland, Michael Grant, Matt Hills, Deborah Knight, George McKnight, Ken Mogg, Aaron Smuts, Robert C. Solomon, and J.P. Telotte.

The Philosophy of Rhetoric

This limitation is necessary , because a passion , extreme in its degree , as well
as lasting , cannot yield diversion to a well - disposed mind , but generally affects
it with pity , not seldom with a mixture of horror and indignation . The sense of the
 ...

The Philosophy of Rhetoric

Author: George Campbell

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 435

View: 675

The Philosophy of Carlyle

not a doubt ; that it is a certainty — or else a mockery and horror . That none or all
of the many things we are in doubt about , and need to have demonstrated and
rendered probable , can by any alchemy be made a ' religion ' for us , but are ...

The Philosophy of Carlyle

Author: Edwin Doak Mead

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 140

View: 699

Beyond Aesthetics

Claims authorial intention, art history, and morality play a role in our encounter with art works.

Beyond Aesthetics

Author: Noël Carroll

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521786560

Page: 450

View: 401

Claims authorial intention, art history, and morality play a role in our encounter with art works.

The Philosophy of Art

Dante has a vision and is transported out of our little ephemeral sphere into
eternal regions ; he beholds its tortures , its expiations and its felicities ; he is
affected by superhuman anguish and horror ; all that the infuriate and subtle
imagination ...

The Philosophy of Art

Author: Hippolyte Taine

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 188

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Elements of the Philosophy of the Human Mind

In Goldsmith's “ Traveller ” the transitions are managed with consummate skill ;
and yet how different from that logical method which would be suited to a
philosophical discourse on the state of society in the different parts of Europe !
Some of the ... shall strike , And clash ' gainst many a sword and rusty pike ; View
the vast graves with horror and amaze , And at huge bones of giant heroes gaze .
WARTON ...

Elements of the Philosophy of the Human Mind

Author: Dugald Stewart

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 602

View: 215

The Philosopher of the Garrets

That's what comes of glory , ” said a burly tradesman , turning his eyes away in
horror . “ Wretched employment of a human life , " observed a young man , with a
volume of philosophy under his arm . “ The old fellow would have done better to ...

The Philosopher of the Garrets

Author: Émile Souvestre

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 234

View: 971

The Philosophy of Film Noir

From The Maltese Falcon (1941) to Touch of Evil (1958), the classic film noir is easily recognizable for its unusual lighting, sinister plots, and feeling of paranoia. For critics and fans alike, these films defined an era.

The Philosophy of Film Noir

Author: Mark T. Conard

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813191812

Page: 248

View: 715

From The Maltese Falcon (1941) to Touch of Evil (1958), the classic film noir is easily recognizable for its unusual lighting, sinister plots, and feeling of paranoia. For critics and fans alike, these films defined an era. The Philosophy of Film Noir explores philosophical themes and ideas inherent in classic noir and neo-noir films, establishing connections to diverse thinkers ranging from Camus to the Frankfurt School. The authors, each focusing on a different aspect of the genre, explore the philosophical underpinnings of classic films such as The Big Sleep (1946), Out of the Past (1947), and Pulp Fiction (1994). They show how existentialism and nihilism dominate the genre as they explore profound themes in a vital area of popular culture.