Fear Itself

Reasoning the Unreasonable


What are fear, horror, and terror? This question, central to our endeavour, cannot be answered by one unified voice. It always cracks, falters, and fades before it can fully enunciate its proclamation. We, the authors, know this and have planned accordingly.
This volume presents meditations on this issue springing from the four corners of intellectual inquiry. Each author provides a distinctive approach with which to address the issue at hand. Literary theory, psychoanalysis, media studies, political science, and many more disciplines occupy the same space between the covers of this book. We hope that through the cacophony of our diversity we will fill in the inevitable gaps when our voices fall short.
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Table of contents

Stephen Hessel: Introduction
Early Modern Reflections on Fear
Madeleine Harwood: “Witches, live witches! The house is full of witches!” The Concept of Fear in Early Modern Witchcraft Drama
Stephen Hessel: Horrifying Quixote: The Thin Line between Fear and Laughter
Feminised Fear
Laura Hubner: Pan’s Labyrinth, Fear and the Fairy Tale
Susan Yi Sencindiver: Sexing or Specularising the Doppelgänger: A Recourse to Poe’s “Ligeia”
Fear at the Movies
Steven Allen: Bringing the Dead to Life - Animation and the Horrific
Eric K.W. Yu: A Traditional Vengeful Ghost or the Machine in a Ghost? Narrative Dynamics, Horror Effects, and the Posthuman in Ringu
Fear, Power, and Politics
Michèle Huppert: Terrified and Terrifying: An Examination of the Defensive Organisation of Fundamentalism
C. Ferguson McGregor: Rending the Terror-Horror Nexus: The Manifest Lie and its Role in Facilitating Acts of Illegitimate Political Violence
Societal Fear
Henriette Dahan Kalev: Zionism, Post-Zionism and Fear of Arabness
Belinda Morrissey and Kristen Davis: Fear and Horror in a Small Town: The Legacy of the Disappearance of Marilyn Wallman
Notes on Contributors


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