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Apocalyptic dread : American film at the turn of the millennium

Author: Kirsten Moana Thompson
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©2007.
Series: SUNY series, horizons of cinema.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In Apocalyptic Dread, Kirsten Moana Thompson examines how fears and anxieties about the future are reflected in recent American cinema. Through close readings of such films as Cape Fear, Candyman, Dolores Claiborne, Se7en, Signs, and War of the Worlds, Thompson argues that a longstanding American apocalyptic tradition permeates our popular culture, spreading from science-fiction and disaster films into horror,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kirsten Moana Thompson
ISBN: 9780791470435 0791470431 9780791470442 079147044X
OCLC Number: 67405639
Description: xii, 195 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: 1. Apocalyptic dread, Kierkegaard, and the cultural landscape of the Millennium --
2. Cape Fear and Trembling: Familial dread --
3. Strange fruit: Candyman and Supernatural dread --
4. Dolores Claiborne: Memorial dread --
5. Se7en in the Morgue: Dystopian dread --
6. Signs of the end of the world: Apocalyptic dread --
7. War of the Worlds: Uncanny dread.
Series Title: SUNY series, horizons of cinema.
Responsibility: Kirsten Moana Thompson.
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In Apocalyptic Dread, Kirsten Moana Thompson examines how fears and anxieties about the future are reflected in recent American cinema. Through close readings of such films as Cape Fear, Candyman, Dolores Claiborne, Se7en, Signs, and War of the Worlds, Thompson argues that a longstanding American apocalyptic tradition permeates our popular culture, spreading from science-fiction and disaster films into horror, crime, and melodrama. Drawing upon Kierkegaard's notion of dread-that is, a fundamental anxiety and ambivalence about existential choice and the future-Thompson suggests that the apocalyptic dread revealed in these films, and its guiding tropes of violence, retribution, and renewal, also reveal deep-seated anxieties about historical fragmentation and change, anxieties that are in turn displaced onto each film's particular "monster," whether human, demonic, or eschatological.

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