Media and Film David J. Skal The Monster Show

ISBN 13: 9780859652117

The Monster Show

Valutazione media 4,15
( su 894 valutazioni fornite da Goodreads )
 
9780859652117: The Monster Show

Illuminating the dark side of the American century, The Monster Show uncovers the surprising links between horror entertainment and the great social crises of our time, as well as horror's function as a pop analogue to surrealism and other artistic movements.

With penetrating analyses and revealing anecdotes, David J. Skal chronicles one of our most popular and pervasive modes of cultural expression. He explores the disguised form in which Hollywood's classic horror movies played out the traumas of two world wars and the Depression; the nightmare visions of invasion and mind control catalyzed by the Cold War; the preoccupation with demon children that took hold as thalidomide, birth control, and abortion changed the reproductive landscape; the vogue in visceral, transformative special effects that paralleled the development of the plastic surgery industry; the link between the AIDS epidemic and the current fascination with vampires; and much more. Now with a new Afterword by the author that looks at horror's popular renaissance in the last decade, The Monster Show is a compulsively readable, thought-provoking inquiry into America's obsession with the macabre.

Le informazioni nella sezione "Riassunto" possono far riferimento a edizioni diverse di questo titolo.

Review:

This study of the visual horror genre from Dr. Caligari to Dr. Hannibal Lecter starts with a discussion of Diane Arbus's photographs of freaks. David Skal then suggests that he will seek to "explain why the images resonated in the culture ... [and] why so much of our imaginative life in the 20th century has been devoted to peeling back the masks and scabs of civilization, to finding, cultivating, and projecting nightmare images of the secret self." Whether or not you agree with his thesis that horror is a symptom of society's ills (war, disease, poverty), you will find much of value in this thorough, highly readable history--especially the detailed accounts of the work of filmmaker Tod Browning, and of how Frankenstein and Dracula made their way from books to plays to films. The book is handsomely designed (hardcover has dust jacket by Edward Gorey), with illustrations, footnotes, and index.

About the Author:

David J. Skal is the author several critically acclaimed books on fantastic literature and genre cinema, including Hollywood Gothic: The Tangled Web of Dracula from Novel to Stage to Screen; Screams of Reason; Mad Science and Modern Culture; V Is for Vampire: The A to Z Guide to Everything Undead; and, with Elias Savada, Dark Carnival: The Secret World of Tod Browning. With Nina Auerbach, he is co-editor of the Norton Critical Edition of Bram Stoker's Dracula. His writing has appeared in a variety of publications, ranging from The New York Times to Cinefantastique, and for television, on the A&E series Biography. He has written, produced, and directed a dozen original DVD documentaries, including features on the Universal Studios' classic monster movies, and a behind-the-scenes chronicle of the Academy Award-winning film Gods and Monsters. He currently lives and writes in Los Angeles.

Le informazioni nella sezione "Su questo libro" possono far riferimento a edizioni diverse di questo titolo.

I migliori risultati di ricerca su AbeBooks

1.

David J. Skal
Editore: Plexus Publishing Ltd, United Kingdom (1994)
ISBN 10: 0859652114 ISBN 13: 9780859652117
Nuovi Paperback Quantità: 10
Da
The Book Depository
(London, Regno Unito)
Valutazione libreria
[?]

Descrizione libro Plexus Publishing Ltd, United Kingdom, 1994. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. America is in love with horror, with demon children, gender-bending vampires, and the battlefield aesthetic of post-Vietnam movies. Illuminating the dark side of the American century, this provocative book uncovers the links between horror entertainment and the crises of our time, as well as horror s function as a pop analogue to surrealism. 100 illustrations. Codice libro della libreria AAT9780859652117

Maggiori informazioni su questa libreria | Fare una domanda alla libreria

Compra nuovo
EUR 14,38
Convertire valuta

Aggiungere al carrello

Spese di spedizione: GRATIS
Da: Regno Unito a: U.S.A.
Destinazione, tempi e costi

2.

David J. Skal
Editore: Plexus Publishing Ltd
ISBN 10: 0859652114 ISBN 13: 9780859652117
Nuovi Paperback Quantità: > 20
Da
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, Regno Unito)
Valutazione libreria
[?]

Descrizione libro Plexus Publishing Ltd. Paperback. Condizione libro: new. BRAND NEW, The Monster Show: A Cultural History of Horror, David J. Skal. Codice libro della libreria B9780859652117

Maggiori informazioni su questa libreria | Fare una domanda alla libreria

Compra nuovo
EUR 8,99
Convertire valuta

Aggiungere al carrello

Spese di spedizione: EUR 7,86
Da: Regno Unito a: U.S.A.
Destinazione, tempi e costi

3.

David J. Skal
Editore: Plexus Publishing Ltd, United Kingdom (1994)
ISBN 10: 0859652114 ISBN 13: 9780859652117
Nuovi Paperback Quantità: 10
Da
The Book Depository US
(London, Regno Unito)
Valutazione libreria
[?]

Descrizione libro Plexus Publishing Ltd, United Kingdom, 1994. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. America is in love with horror, with demon children, gender-bending vampires, and the battlefield aesthetic of post-Vietnam movies. Illuminating the dark side of the American century, this provocative book uncovers the links between horror entertainment and the crises of our time, as well as horror s function as a pop analogue to surrealism. 100 illustrations. Codice libro della libreria AAT9780859652117

Maggiori informazioni su questa libreria | Fare una domanda alla libreria

Compra nuovo
EUR 17,34
Convertire valuta

Aggiungere al carrello

Spese di spedizione: GRATIS
Da: Regno Unito a: U.S.A.
Destinazione, tempi e costi

4.

David J. Skal
Editore: Plexus Publishing Ltd (1994)
ISBN 10: 0859652114 ISBN 13: 9780859652117
Nuovi Paperback Quantità: 2
Da
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, Regno Unito)
Valutazione libreria
[?]

Descrizione libro Plexus Publishing Ltd, 1994. Paperback. Condizione libro: Brand New. 432 pages. 9.06x5.98x1.22 inches. In Stock. Codice libro della libreria __0859652114

Maggiori informazioni su questa libreria | Fare una domanda alla libreria

Compra nuovo
EUR 12,68
Convertire valuta

Aggiungere al carrello

Spese di spedizione: EUR 6,78
Da: Regno Unito a: U.S.A.
Destinazione, tempi e costi