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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:   eBook : Document : 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 reading 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: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Thompson, Kirsten Moana.
Apocalyptic dread.
Albany : State University of New York Press, ©2007
(DLC) 2006013425
(OCoLC)67405639
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Kirsten Moana Thompson
ISBN: 9781429471459 142947145X 9780791470435 0791470431 9780791470442 079147044X 9780791480335 079148033X
OCLC Number: 140352762
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 195 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 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.
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 reading 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."--Jacket.

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