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Horrific humor and the moment of droll grimness in cinema : sidesplitting sLaughter

Author: John A Dowell; Cynthia J Miller; Molly Merryman
Publisher: Lanham, Maryland : Lexington Books, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Horrific Humor and the Moment of Droll Grimness in Cinema explores the moment in audience reception where screams and laughter collide. Essays examine the aesthetics and mechanics of the sLaughter moment, the impact of its frission of humor and horror on the viewer, and sLaughter's implications for the human condition more generally.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John A Dowell; Cynthia J Miller; Molly Merryman
ISBN: 9781498564991 1498564992
OCLC Number: 1002129034
Description: xxix, 167 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
Contents: Foreword : From "Stairway to heaven" to "I hate Mondays": is understanding sLaughter essential? / Molly Merryman --
Introduction : The hilarity of terror: toward an understanding of sLaughter / John A. Dowell, with Cynthia J. Miller --
I. The aesthetics of mechanics of sLaugher, or Welcome to the funhouse of carnography: please watch your head : Troma-tized by punk / Iain J.W. Ellis --
"Must I remind you of a little movie called Deliverance?": sLaughter and the postmodern pastiche / Don Tresca --
Phallic noses, blood-filled balloons, exploding popcorn, and laughing-gas-squirting flowers: reading images of the evil clown / Moritz Fink --
Repulsions, convulsions, and compulsions: horror, humor and repetition in American psycho and Fight club / Colin Yeo --
II. Bodies in the sLaughterhouse, or You might feel a little pinch : "Michael, eat your meat": trauma, satire, and nostalgia in Bob Balaban's Parents / William Quiterio --
Ha!, Aaah!: The painful relationship between humor and horror / David Misch --
Igniting the fuse of destructive history: nation and ablation in the sLaughterhouse / Thomas Britt --
sLaughter as existential epiphany / Ben Urish --
III. Beyond mere war, or So long and thanks for all the jokes! : Surfing fascists and the masses: (non-)evolving imageries of the Cinenazi / Ben Betka --
In the unDead of winter: humor and the horrific in Dead snow / Cynthia J. Miller --
Too soon?: Laughing at disaster on the cinematic Titanic / Ann Larabee.
Responsibility: edited by John A. Dowell and Cynthia J. Miller ; foreword by Molly Merryman.

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Horrific Humor is, ultimately, a fascinating read.... The reader will find one's self looking at aspects of cinema they'd never before considered. * Cinepunx * John Dowell and Cynthia Miller's Read more...

 
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