Consuming Gothic - Piatti-Farnell, Lorna
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This book offers a critical analysis of the relationship between food and horror in post-1980 cinema. Evaluating the place of consumption within cinematic structures, Piatti-Farnell analyses how seemingly ordinary foods are re-evaluated in the Gothic framework of irrationality and desire. The complicated and often ambiguous relationship between food and horror draws important and inescapable connections to matters of disgust, hunger, abjection, violence, as well as the sensationalisation of transgressive corporeality and monstrous pleasures. By looking at food consumption within Gothic cinema,…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
This book offers a critical analysis of the relationship between food and horror in post-1980 cinema. Evaluating the place of consumption within cinematic structures, Piatti-Farnell analyses how seemingly ordinary foods are re-evaluated in the Gothic framework of irrationality and desire. The complicated and often ambiguous relationship between food and horror draws important and inescapable connections to matters of disgust, hunger, abjection, violence, as well as the sensationalisation of transgressive corporeality and monstrous pleasures. By looking at food consumption within Gothic cinema, the book uncovers eating as a metaphorical activity of the self, where the haunting psychology of the everyday, the porous boundaries of the body, and the uncanny limits of consumer identity collide. Aimed at scholars, researchers, and students of the field, Consuming Gothic charts different manifestations of food and horror in film while identifying specific socio-political and cultural anxieties of contemporary life.

Autorenporträt
Dr Lorna Piatti-Farnell is Director of the Popular Culture Research Centre at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. She is the President and Founder of the Gothic Association of New Zealand and Australia. She is the author of several books, including The Vampire in Contemporary Popular Literature (2014), and has published widely in the intersecting disciplines of Gothic studies, food studies, popular media, and cultural history.
Inhaltsangabe
1. Approaching Food and Horror.- 2. Horror Matters: Abominable Substances and the Revulsions of Orality.- 3. Consuming Hunger: Body Narratives and the Controversies of Incorporation.- 4. A Taste for Butchery: Slaughterhouse Narratives and the Consumable Body.- 5. Feeding Nightmares: Madness, Hauntings, and the Kitchen of Horrors .- 6. A Bitter Feast: Dining Tables in their Horror Contexts.- 7. Conclusion: Consuming Gothic and Its Discontents.


Rezensionen
"[The title] would be particularly interesting for those working at the intersection of food studies, popular media, and critical theory. ... For those interested in updates to classic horror tropes, the anthology provides smart and contemporary takes on zombies and vampires." (KC Lynch, The Journal of the Fantastic in the Art, Vol. 30 (2), 2020)