Haunted Histories and Troubled Pasts: Twenty-First-Century Screen Horror and the Historical Imagination (Hardcover)

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Haunted Histories and Troubled Pasts: Twenty-First-Century Screen Horror and the Historical Imagination (Hardcover)

By Amanda Howell (Editor), Stephanie Green (Editor)

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Haunted Histories and Troubled Pasts speaks to how a transnational array of recent screen entertainments participate, through horror, in public discourses of history, the social and creative work of reshaping popular understanding of our world through the lens of the past.

Contemporary film and television - and popular screen cultures more generally - are distinguished by their many and varied engagements with history, including participation in worldwide movements to reconcile past losses and injuries with present legacies. The chapters in this collection address themselves to 21st-century screen horror's participation in this widespread fascination with and concern for the historical - its recurrent reimagining of the relation between the past and present, which is part of its inheritance from the Gothic. They are concerned with the historical work of horror's spectral occupations, its visceral threats of violence and its capacity for exploring repressed social identities, as well as the ruptures and impositions of colonization and nationhood.

Trauma is a key theme in this book, examined through themes of war and genocide, ghostly invasions, institutionalized abuse, apocalyptic threat and environmental destruction. These persistent, fearful reimaginings of the past can take many lurid - sometimes tritely generic - forms. Together, these chapters explore and reflect upon horror's ability to speak through them to the unspoken of history, to push the boundaries and probe the fault-lines and ideological impositions of received historical narratives - while reminding us that history and the historical imagination persist as sites of contention.
Amanda Howell is Senior Lecturer in Screen Studies at Griffith University, Australia. Her most recent publications appear in Continuum and The New Review of Film and Television Studies and in the edited collections Screening the Gothic in Australia and New Zealand (2022) and Australian Genre Film (2021). She is the co-author of Monstrous Possibilities: The Female Monster in 21st Century Screen Horror (2022) and author of A Different Tune: Popular Music and Masculinity in Action (2015). Stephanie Green is Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Griffith University, Australia. She co-edited Hospitality, Rape and Consent in Vampire Popular Culture (2017) with Agnieszka Stasiewicz-Bienkowska and David Baker and co-produced several special issues. Her most research publications include, 'Violence and the Gothic New Woman in Penny Dreadful, FULGOR 6.3 (2021) and 'Playing at Being a Superhero', Imagining the Impossible 1.1 (2022).
Product Details ISBN: 9781501394409
ISBN-10: 1501394401
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication Date: May 16th, 2024
Pages: 280
Language: English