This volume brings together essays that examine a vast gamut of different contemporary cultural manifestations of fear, anxiety, horror, and terror. Topics range from the feminine sublime in American novels to the monstrous double in horror fiction, (in)security at music festivals, the uncanny in graphic novels, epic heroes' Being-towards-death and authenticity, atrocity and history in Central European art, the theme of old age in absurdist literature, and iterations of the "home invasion" subgenre in post-9/11 popular culture. This diversity of insights and methodologies ensures a kaleidoscopic look at a cluster of phenomena and experiences that often manage to both be immediately and universally recognizable and defy straightforward categorization or even description. Contributors are Emily-Rose Carr, Ghada Saad Hassan, Woodrow Hood, María Ibáñez-Rodríguez, Nicole M. Jowsey, Marta Moore, Pedro Querido and Ana Romão.
Pedro Querido (1987), School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon, is a PhD student in Comparative Studies. His research interests include twentieth-century fiction and drama, comparative literature, and the absurd in literature.
María Ibáñez-Rodríguez, MA, ME (1985), is an EFL teacher and an independent researcher. She has published and given presentations on comics and intermediality, especially on the relationship between the Gothic and its representations in the contemporary graphic novel.
Notes on Contributors
María Ibáñez-Rodríguez and Pedro Querido
2 Both Victimizer and Victim: Terror and the Feminine Sublime in American Psycho and Fight Club Emily-Rose Carr
3 Fearful Manifestations: a Comparative Study of the Monstrous Double in Ahmed Khaled Towfik’s Utopia Ghada Saad Hassan
4 Music Festival (in)Security: Transgression, Transhumanism, and Immorality
5 Myths of the Uncanny in the Contemporary Graphic Novel
6 Fear, Death and Authenticity in the Hero: a Look at Heidegger, Achilleus, and Harry Potter
Nicole M. Jowsey
7 Ornaments of Pain and Survival: Central European History, Literature, and Film
8 A Horror of the Vacuum: An Overview of Old Age in Absurdist Literature
9 Hospitality in Post-9/11 Representations of “Home Invasion”: Michael Haneke’s Funny Games (1997/ 2007)
All who have a casual or academic interest in the general concepts of fear, horror, and terror, as well as their artistic, philosophical, social, and political manifestations.