The Philosophy of Horror: Or, Paradoxes of the Heart (Paperback)

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The greatest survey of horror across genres (literature, art, cinema, etc.). An aesthetic and philosophical inquiry into a slippery subject. If horror is such an unpleasant feeling, why do we actively seek it out? And what differentiates horror from other feelings like terror, fear, awe? Carroll quite literally wrote the book.

-- Delaney

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Noel Carroll, film scholar and philosopher, offers the first serious look at the aesthetics of horror. In this book he discusses the nature and narrative structures of the genre, dealing with horror as a "transmedia" phenomenon. A fan and serious student of the horror genre, Carroll brings to bear his comprehensive knowledge of obscure and forgotten works, as well as of the horror masterpieces. Working from a philosophical perspective, he tries to account for how people can find pleasure in having their wits scared out of them. What, after all, are those "paradoxes of the heart" that make us want to be horrified?
Product Details
ISBN: 9780415902168
ISBN-10: 0415902169
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: January 19th, 1990
Pages: 272
Language: English