Fear and Fantasy in a Global World


At a time when the mass media insist on bombarding us with news about natural, political and economic disasters, words, ideas and images associated with such “crises” and “catastrophes” shape to a great extent collective memory and current imagination. Fear and Fantasy in a Global World seeks to stir the debate on the processes and meanings of, as well as on the relations between, fear and fantasy in the globalized world. Collective fears and fantasies are analysed from a number of cross-disciplinary perspectives, promoted by the epistemological underpinnings of comparative literature. In various ways and from different disciplinary angles, the 17 essays here gathered respond to and scrutinize key questions related to the imaginaries of fear and fantasy, as well as their relations to trauma, crisis, anxiety, and representations of both the conscious and the unconscious.

Contributors: Alexandra Hills, Ana Filipa Prata, Brecht de Groote, Christin Grunert, Christopher Bollas, Daniela Di Pasquale, David Vichnar, Edith Beltrán, Gero Guttzeit, Hande Gurses, Harriet Hulme, James Rushing Daniel, João Pedro da Costa, Margarita García Candeira, Marija Sruk, Martijn Boven, and Ortwin de Graef.

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Susana Araújo is a Senior Researcher at CEC, University of Lisbon. She is the author of Transatlantic Fictions of 9/11 and the War on Terror, co-editor of several books and special issues in journals and author of many articles in peer-reviewed journals, books and anthologies.

Marta Pacheco Pinto (PhD, 2013) is postdoc at CEC, University of Lisbon. She has published essays in peer-reviewed journals and co-edited volumes, including Trans/American, Trans/Oceanic, Trans/lation: Issues in International American Studies (2010) and Macau na escrita, escritas de Macau (2010).

Sandra Bettencourt is a doctoral student in the PhD Programme “Materialities of Literature” at the University of Coimbra. She has co-edited volumes, and published essays in several peer-reviewed journals. She is also the editorial coordinator of the peer-reviewed journal MATLIT.

Susana Araújo, Marta Pacheco Pinto, and Sandra Bettencourt

Part 1: Local Fears, Global Anxieties

Christopher Bollas
The Transmissive Self and Transmissive Objects in the Age of Globalization

James Rushing Daniel
Dreamlandic Fantasy: Consumerism and Control in Bragi Ólafsson’s The Pets

David Vichnar
“Territories of Risk” within “Tropological Space”: From Zero to 2666, and Back

Edith Beltrán
Mexico’s Fearscapes: Where Fantasy Personas Engage in Citizenship

Part 2: The Limits of Knowledge: Fantasy and Identity Formation

Martijn Boven
The Site of Initiative. Towards a Hermeneutic Framework for Analysing the Imagination of Future Threats

Christin Grunert
Conflict with the Perception of Time as Fertile Ground for Collective Insecurity: The Frightening Reality of Scientific Facts and their Transformation in Literary Fiction

Gero Guttzeit
Fearful Fantasy: Figurations of the Oedipus Myth in Scorsese’s Shutter Island (2010)

Marija Sruk
Laugh Away the Fear! The Satisfaction of Comical Fantasy in the Holocaust Film Comedies of the Late 1990s

Alexandra Hills
Viennese Fantasies, Austrian Histories: Space, Fantasy and Fascism in Ingeborg Bachmann’s Malina and Liliana Cavani’s The Night Porter

Part 3: Boundaries and Performance: Language, Memory and Fantasy

Harriet Hulme
A Politics of Form: Fantasy and Storytelling as Modes of Resistance in the Work of Atxaga and Kundera

Ana Filipa Prata
Memory and Fantasy in Antoine Volodine’s Minor Angels

Hande Gurses
The Fantasy of the Archive: An Analysis of Orhan Pamuk’s The Museum of Innocence

João Pedro da Costa
The Digital Meta-Dissemination of Fear in Music Videos. A Transdisciplinary Textual Analysis of Two Case Studies: Esben and the Witch’s Marching Song and M.I.A.’s Born Free

Part 4: Uncanny Representations of the Self and the Other

Ortwin de Graef
Shaft which Ran: Chinese Whispers with Auerbach, Buck, Woolf and De Quincey

Brecht de Groote
The Phantom in the Mirror: Duplication, Spectrality, and the Romantic Fear of Fantasy in Wordsworth, Coleridge and De Quincey

Margarita García Candeira
Habitability and Spectres in the House of Language: Approaching (Post)Modernity in Las flores del frío, by Luis García Montero

Daniela Di Pasquale
War on Fear: Reinterpreting Dante’s View of the “Infidel”

Notes on Contributors


This volume is suitable for academics and researchers in Comparative Studies, Cultural Studies and Literary Studies, especially students participating in graduate programmes in the Humanities (Literature, Transatlantic/International/Global Studies, Interart Studies).
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