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Robin Wood-one of the foremost critics of cinema-has laid the groundwork for anyone writing about the horror film in the last half-century. Wood's interest in horror spanned his entire career and was a form of popular cinema to which he devoted unwavering attention. Robin Wood on the Horror Film: Collected Essays and Reviews compiles over fifty years of his groundbreaking critiques. In September 1979, Wood and Richard Lippe programmed an extensive series of horror films for the Toronto International Film Festival and edited a companion piece: The American Nightmare: Essays on the Horror Film - the first serious collection of critical writing on the horror genre. Robin Wood on the Horror Film now contains all of Wood's writings from The American Nightmare and nearly everything else he wrote over the years on horror-published in a range of journals and magazines-gathered together for the first time. It begins with the first essay Wood ever published, "Psychoanalysis of Psycho," which appeared in 1960 and already anticipated many of the ideas explored later in his touchstone book, Hitchcock's Films. The volume ends, fittingly, with, "What Lies Beneath?," written almost five decades later, an essay in which Wood reflects on the state of the horror film and criticism since the genre's renaissance in the 1970s. Wood's prose is eloquent, lucid, and convincing as he brings together his parallel interests in genre, authorship, and ideology. Deftly combining Marxist, Freudian, and feminist theory, Wood's prolonged attention to classic and contemporary horror films explains much about the genre's meanings and cultural functions. Robin Wood on the Horror Film will be an essential addition to the library of anyone interested in horror, science fiction, and film genre.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Preface: The Journey from Psycho to The American Nightmare; or, Why Should We Take the Horror Film Seriously?
  2. pp. xi-2
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  1. Psychoanalysis of Psycho
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  1. In Memoriam: Michael Reeves
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  1. The Shadow Worlds of Jacques Tourneur
  2. pp. 25-40
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  1. Disreputable Genre
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  1. The Creeping Flesh
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  1. Blood Brides
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  1. You’ll Like My Mother
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  1. Death Line (Raw Meat)
  2. pp. 49-52
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  1. The Most Horrible Horror Film Ever?
  2. pp. 53-56
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  1. Return of the Repressed
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  1. Yet Another Terrible Child
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  1. Race with the Devil
  2. pp. 67-72
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  1. An Introduction to the American Horror Film
  2. pp. 73-110
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  1. Der Erlkönig: The Ambiguities of Horror
  2. pp. 111-118
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  1. The Dark Mirror: Murnau’s Nosferatu
  2. pp. 119-132
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  1. Sisters
  2. pp. 133-140
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  1. World of Gods and Monsters: The Films of Larry Cohen
  2. pp. 141-160
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  1. Apocalypse Now: Notes on the Living Dead
  2. pp. 161-170
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  1. The American Family Comedy: From Meet Me in St. Louis to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
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  1. Neglected Nightmares
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  1. “Art” and Alligators
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  1. Burying the Undead: The Use and Obsolescence of Count Dracula
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  1. Returning the Look: Eyes of a Stranger
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  1. Cronenberg: A Dissenting View
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  1. King Meets Cronenberg
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  1. John Carpenter
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  1. Dead End
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  1. Cat and Dog: Lewis Teague’s Stephen King Movies
  2. pp. 265-280
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  1. Notes for a Reading of I Walked with a Zombie
  2. pp. 281-318
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  1. The Woman’s Nightmare: Masculinity in Day of the Dead
  2. pp. 319-330
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  1. Larry Cohen Interview
  2. Robin Wood and Richard Lippe
  3. pp. 331-360
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  1. Nosferatu
  2. pp. 361-364
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  1. The Silence of the Lambs
  2. pp. 365-368
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  1. Brian De Palma
  2. Robin Wood, updated by Joseph Milicia
  3. pp. 369-372
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  1. George Romero
  2. pp. 373-376
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  1. Fresh Meat: Diary of the Dead
  2. pp. 377-384
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  1. Revenge Is Sweet: The Bitterness of Audition
  2. pp. 385-398
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  1. What Lies Beneath?
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  1. Notes
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814345245
MARC Record
OCLC
1076753583
Launched on MUSE
2018-12-03
Language
English
Open Access
No
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