Horror Literature and Dark Fantasy

Challenging Genres


Editor: Mark A. Fabrizi
Horror Literature and Dark Fantasy: Challenging Genres is a collection of scholarly essays intended to address the parent whose unreasoning opposition to horror entails its removal from a school curriculum, the school administrator who sees little or no redeeming literary value in horror, and the teacher who wants to use horror to teach critical literacy skills but does not know how to do so effectively. The essays herein are intended to offer opportunities for teachers in secondary schools and higher education to enrich their classes through a non-canonical approach to literary study. This book is a deliberate attempt to enlarge the conversation surrounding works of horror and argue for their inclusion into school curricula to teach students critical literacy skills.

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Mark A. Fabrizi, Ph.D. (2013), University of Hull, U.K., is an Assistant Professor of English Education at Eastern Connecticut State University. He teaches courses in English methods, literacy, and education. He previously edited Fantasy Literature: Challenging Genres (Sense, 2016).

Acknowledgements vii

Introduction: Challenging Horror Literature and Dark Fantasy 1
Mark A. Fabrizi

Part One: Horror and the Adolescent

1. Can We Redeem the Monster? Working with Contemporary Young
Adult Horror Fiction in the College Classroom 17
Rhonda Brock-Servais

2. Poststructural Feminist Ethnography and Young Adult Texts: Interpreting
Horror Spaces 29
Laura Bolf-Beliveau

3. What If the Dragon Can’t Be Defeated? Examining the Coming-of-Age
Narrative in Neil Gaiman’s Coraline 41
Jon Ostenson

4. Transcending the Metaphors of Horror in It Follows 55
Mark A. Fabrizi

Part Two: Religion and Issues of Culture

5. Reflexive Terrors: Utilizing Horror to Teach Multiculturalism and
Invention in Undergraduate Writing about Literature Courses 71
Joseph L. Lewis

6. Critical Perspectives as Advanced Reading Strategies: An Intersectional
Approach to John Ajvide Lindqvist’s Let the Right One in and Handling
the Undead 81
Björn Bradling and Ylva Lindberg

7. Women as Shapeshifting Fox Spirits in Chinese Tales of the Strange 99
Wayne Stein

8. Transcending Boundaries with a Zombie Webtoon: An Alternate
Platform for Democratic Discourse 111
Kyoung Wan Cathy Shin

Part Three: Alterity and Identity

9. Replicants, Vampires, and Other Outcasts: Examining Privilege through
Genre Literature 129
Allan Nail

10. We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes: Freeing the Audience from the
Role of Oppressor in Psycho 143
William Given

11. “What Kind of Monster Are You…?”: Undertale, Queer Play, and
Horror(ific) Video Games via Critical Gaming Literacy 157
Jordan Youngblood

12. Designing a Course Integrating Critical, Genre-Based Pedagogy,
Horror Literature, and Religious Studies 171
Nathan Fredrickson

Author Biographies 189
Teachers, readers, and scholars interested in horror literature, especially those educators who wish to include horror among their classroom literary selections.