The Intermedial Experience of Horror Suspended Failures

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-08-20
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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The Intermedial Experience of Horror: Suspended Failures is an exploration of the phenomenon of horror from an unusual angle. Whereas many past studies have concentrated either on establishing horror as a genre across the media or on observing horror as a catalogue of mental disturbances or collective cultural trauma, this book takes a different approach. Focusing on reading specific examples of literature from Romanticism to Modernism, the study brings together the phenomenon of horror with the topical concepts of experience and intermediality and highlights the complex relations they present. Horror is explored as an experience, one defined and brought into being by a break between the media of words and images. In literature, where images as such are frequently absent and the reader works from words alone, the experience of horror hinges on a suspended failure of the imagination.

Author Biography

Jarkko Toikkanen teaches literature as a university lecturer in English Language, Literature and Translation at the University of Tampere, Finland. Previous appointments include Visiting Research Fellowship at the University of Westminster, London, UK. He has published the co-edited collection of articles The Grotesque and the Unnatural (2011).

Table of Contents

Preface: The Intermedial Experience of Horror
1. Horror
2. Experience
3. Intermediality
4. Heinrich von Kleist: 'Über das Marionettentheater'
5. E. T. A. Hoffmann 'Der Sandmann'
6. Robert Frost: 'The Fear'
7. W. B. Yeats: 'The Magi'
Postface: Suspended Failures

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