The Naked and the Undead
Evil and the Appeal of Horror
By (author) Cynthia A. Freeland
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Naked and the Undead by Cynthia A. Freeland
Book DescriptionHorror is often dismissed as mass art or lowbrow entertainment that produces only short-term thrills. Horror films can be bloody, gory, and disturbing, so some people argue that they have bad moral effects, inciting viewers to imitate cinematic violence or desensitizing them to atrocities. In The Naked and the Undead: Evil and the Appeal of Horror, Cynthia A. Freeland seeks to counter both aesthetic disdain and moral condemnation by focusing on a select body of important and revealing films, demonstrating how the genre is capable of deep philosophical reflection about the existence and nature of evil--both human and cosmic. In exploring these films, the author argues against a purely psychoanalytic approach and opts for both feminist and philosophical understandings. She looks at what it is in these movies that serves to elicit specific reactions in viewers and why such responses as fear and disgust are ultimately pleasurable. The author is particularly interested in showing how gender figures into screen presentations of evil.The book is divided into three sections: Mad Scientists and Monstrous Mothers, which looks into the implications of male, rationalistic, scientific technology gone awry; The Vampire's Seduction, which explores the attraction of evil and the human ability (or inability) to distinguish active from passive, subject from object, and virtue from vice; and Sublime Spectacles of Disaster, which examines the human fascination with horror spectacle. This section concludes with a chapter on graphic horror films like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Written for both students and film enthusiasts, the book examines a wide array of films including: The Silence of the Lambs, Repulsion, Frankenstein, The Fly, Dead Ringers, Alien, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Interview with the Vampire, Frenzy, The Shining, Eraserhead, Hellraiser, and many others.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780813365633
(229mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 14-Dec-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Cynthia A. Freeland
Art of Bill Viola, Paperback (June 2004)
An appraisal of the full range of accomplishments of this internationally popular contemporary video artist.
Art Theory: A Very Short Introduction, Paperback (February 2003)
Explains why innovation and controversy are valued in the arts, bringing together philosophy, art theory, and many examples. This work discusses blood, beauty, culture, money, sex, web sites, and research on the brain's role in perceiving art. It is suitable for the public, introductory students, and teachers in the arts.
But is it Art?, Paperback (February 2002)
In today's art world many strange, even shocking, things qualify as art. In this book, Cynthia Freeland explains why innovation and controversy are valued in the arts, weaving together philosophy and art theory with examples. She discusses blood, beauty, culture, money, museums, sex, and politics.
Philosophy and Film, Paperback (June 1995)» View all books by Cynthia A. Freeland
Following the rising trend among younger philosophers to incorporate reflections on film in their theorising, this is a collection of mostly new essays on the relatively unexplored and exciting new area of philosophy and film.
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Author Biography - Cynthia A. Freeland
Cynthia Freeland is professor of philosophy at the University of Houston. She is author of But Is It Art?, co-editor of Philosophy and Film, and editor of Feminist Interpretations of Aristotle
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