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In Apocalyptic Dread, Kirsten Moana Thompson examines how fears and anxieties about the future are reflected in recent American cinema. Through close readings of such films as Cape Fear, Candyman, Dolores Claiborne, Se7en, Signs, and War of the Worlds, Thompson argues that a longstanding American apocalyptic tradition permeates our popular culture, spreading from science-fiction and disaster films into horror, crime, and melodrama. Drawing upon Kierkegaard’s notion of dread—that is, a fundamental anxiety and ambivalence about existential choice and the future—Thompson suggests that the apocalyptic dread revealed in these films, and its guiding tropes of violence, retribution, and renewal, also reveal deep-seated anxieties about historical fragmentation and change, anxieties that are in turn displaced onto each film’s particular “monster,” whether human, demonic, or eschatological.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Apocalyptic Dread
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. 1. Apocalyptic Dread, Kierkegaard,and the Cultural Landscape of the Millennium
  2. pp. 1-27
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  1. 2. Cape Fear and Trembling: Familial Dread
  2. pp. 29-58
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  1. 3. Strange Fruit: Candyman and Supernatural Dread
  2. pp. 59-81
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  1. 4. Dolores Claiborne: Memorial Dread
  2. pp. 83-104
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  1. 5. Se7en in the Morgue: Dystopian Dread
  2. pp. 105-126
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  1. 6. Signs of the End of the World: Apocalyptic Dread
  2. pp. 127-144
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  1. 7. War of the Worlds: Uncanny Dread
  2. pp. 145-153
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 155-174
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 175-179
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 181-195
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780791480335
Related ISBN
9780791470435
MARC Record
OCLC
140352762
Pages
207
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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