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Primal roots of horror cinema : evolutionary psychology and narratives of fear

Author: Carrol L Fry
Publisher: Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2019]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Sociobiology and evolutionary psychology experts posit that behaviors from our ancestors that favored survival and adaptation still influence us today. The author, with input from a new generation of Darwinists, explores six primal narratives recurring in the horror genre: territoriality, tribalism, fear of genetic assimilation, mating rituals, fear of the predator, and distrust or fear of the Other"--
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carrol L Fry
ISBN: 9781476674278 1476674272
OCLC Number: 1049787049
Description: 211 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: 2001: a space odyssey --
The territorial narrative --
The assimilation narrative --
The tribal narrative --
The mating narrative in the Gothic romance --
The predator narrative --
The other narrative : ghosts, slashers, witches and robots as other.
Responsibility: Carrol L. Fry.

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Evolutionary criticism tells us much about our tastes in the arts. But an understanding of how primal narratives influence our response to films or novels that enact them also leads us to a new  Read more...

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