The Uses of Phobia : Essays on Literature and Film, Paperback Book

The Uses of Phobia : Essays on Literature and Film Paperback

Part of the Critical Quarterly Book Series series


The essays brought together in this book understand phobia not as a pathology, but as a versatile moral, political, and aesthetic resource and one with a history.

They demonstrate that enquiry into strong feelings of aversion has enabled writers and film-makers to say and show things they could not otherwise have said or shown; and in this way to get profoundly and provocatively to grips with the modern condition.

Makes extensive reference to original readings of a wide range of literary texts and films, from the 1850s to the presentPlaces a strong emphasis on the value phobia has held, in particular, for women activists, writers, and film-makersDiscusses a range of writers and film-makers from Dickens, Thackeray, and George Eliot through Hardy, Joyce, Ford and Woolf; from Jean Renoir through Hitchcock and Truffaut to Margarethe von Trotta and Pedro AlmodovarIntervention in key debates in cultural theory and cultural history


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 180 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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  • Category: Film: styles & genres
  • ISBN: 9781444333848



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