Examines the psychological, cultural, and political implications of Gothic fiction, and helps to explain why horror writers and filmmakers have found such large and receptive audiences eager for the experience of being scared out of their wits....
|Title||:||The Return of the Repressed: Gothic Horror from Castle of Otranto to Alien (Suny Series in Psychoanalysis and Culture)|
|Publisher||:||State University of New York Press September 30, 1999|
|Number of Pages||:||288 pages|
|File Size||:||882 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Return of the Repressed: Gothic Horror from Castle of Otranto to Alien (Suny Series in Psychoanalysis and Culture) Reviews
This is a well-thought-out look into the ways the gothic works across a couple of centuries of western culture. Nice
In this study Valdine Clemens argues from a Freudian/Jungian point of view that Gothic fiction describes in symbols the matters in our society that we'd rather not talk about, or that we 'repress', and that these novels actually change how we think and act about such matters. That is quite a claim, and terribly overdrawn.
This is a very readable, intellectually serious, and balanced approach to the importance of Gothic literature and film to our culture. Clemens takes what is essentially a Jungian or archetypal close-reading approach to a number of classic and some newer texts (The Castle of Otranto, Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dracula, The Shining, and Alien), but here's what sets this book apart: a thorough and fascinating grounding in social and political history, and a willingness to take the Gothic seriously even in its current manifestations.