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Dreadful Pleasures By James B. Twitchell

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Examines the phenomena that make our hair stand on end, their persistence in our culture, their manifestation in the arts, and our need for the frisson they provide.
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Dreadful Pleasures: Anatomy of Modern Horror by James B. Twitchell

Dreadful Pleasures takes a lively look at the stories that make our hair stand on end. James Twitchell examines the appeal of horror through the centuries--its persistence in our culture, its manifestations in art, literature, and cinema, and our need for the frisson it provides.
From the cave paintings at Lascaux to the "slasher" movies of today, Twitchell traces our fascination with horror stories and explores why certain myths and images--vampires and transformational monsters like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde--have had special resonance in our culture, and why others have faded. Whether discussing the engravings of William Hogarth or The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Twitchell is consistently insightful and entertaining. Film buffs and scholars, literary critics and Gothic novel devotees will all welcome this study of the horror genre and the immense appeal it has had throughout the centuries.

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About James B. Twitchell



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James B. Twitchell is Professor of English at the University of Florida. His previous books include The Living Dead: The Vampire in Romantic Literature.

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GOR003779664
Dreadful Pleasures: Anatomy of Modern Horror by James B. Twitchell
James B. Twitchell
Used - Good
Paperback
Oxford University Press Inc
1987-05-01
368
0195050673
9780195050677
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The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine.