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The Philosophy of Horror: Or, Paradoxes of the Heart

The Philosophy of Horror: Or, Paradoxes of the Heart [Kindle Edition]

Noel Carroll
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First Published in 1990. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 268 pages
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  • Publisher: Routledge (19 Jan 1990)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000OT886K
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why are we fascinated by horror ? 18 Nov 1998
By A Customer
I did some research on Horror for my degree and can honestly say that this was the most informative book on the subject that I have read. Covers narrative plotting, a very interesting theory on art-horror, art-suspense as opposed to the ordinary horror, suspense we feel in everyday lives.
Clear, precise and persuasive from beginning to end. I put it right up there with Mamet's 'On Directing Film'.
If you`re looking into horror, get it. You certainly won`t be disappointed.
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I warmly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for some theoretical insight into the horror genre. I did my Master's thesis on supernatural horror in literature and film and this is by far the best book I have found on the subject. Carroll's unobtrusive style and genuine interest in popular culture make his book a very pleasant read, yet I have found The Philosophy of Horror to be much superior to the writings of Freud, Todorov, or Kristeva on related topics. A must.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seminal text 4 May 2014
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This is THE text on the subject of horror philosophy and should be the starting place for anyone looking to investigate the genre further.

I've read this multiple times now and while I certainly don't agree with key aspects of it (I still think Carroll stretches too far by trying to universalize the emotion across media) it is a brilliantly structured piece of thinking which provides a rational framework for a full analysis of the subject matter. For a philosophical text it is both clear and thorough but thankfully of digestible length.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dense and Stuffy Reading 4 Jun 2007
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The book is an excellent resource for people who love the horror genre. It analyzes the elements of "art horror," in a step-by-step approach. The author strives to explore two questions- 1. why that which we know is not real still frightens us, and 2. why we like to be terrified. The author gives a history of art horror and focuses mainly on the classics (like Frakenstein, Nosferatu, The Shining, etc.) She writes an incredibly in depth primer discussing a very wide range of topics, all in great detail. My main problem with the text is that at times, it is way too in depth, and many times this drudgery is on irrelevant topics. For example, the author spends an entire chapter (80 pages) devoted solely to the purpose of defining horror. From a scholarly perspective, this explanation is great because it defines the art horror genre while leaving no stone unturned, and no gray areas about it. For the casual reader, the text can become dull and redundant. The book was created specially for the education of film students, so I would not recomend it for someone on the lookout for a vibrant and engrossing read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Connoisseur of the Macabre 20 April 2001
By Meri - Published on
This is a philosophical and psychological look at why people love to experience the horror film (and novel). It teaches people how to understand the dynamics of film making and how simple techniques are used to fool our conscious (and unconscious) mind.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit try, and very limited in what counts as "horror" 7 Feb 2013
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The subject of the book is interesting to me, however, the author's style is difficult to read. It does feel like a scientific monograph that does not have any reader in mind sometimes.

Also, the author is keen to push his own understanding of what counts as "horror", to define it as something that a) features monsters b) those monsters are repulsive, which leaves quite a lot of fiction typically understood as "horror" unaccounted for. He does notice that, and delegates such fiction to "thriller" or "doom" category, but I still think that it should have been seen as an integral part of horror, as it elicits pretty much the same reaction in people, usually placed on the same place in stores, and people seek it out for the same reasons.
Yet the whole thesis of the author hinges on defining horror as featuring "repulsive monsters", which allows him to use Purity and Danger-inspired framework for analysis.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A excellent academic analysis of various elements in horror. 11 Aug 1998
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This essay attempts and succeeds at explaining why horror literature fascinates our culture. I myself had wondered why people write in this genre,and why is that we can enjoy a seemingly strange area of fiction.
I espically recommend this book to any person who is new to horror,and would like to learn about it. Even thought this book is written in a scholarly manner I think the language is down to earth for most any person to read.
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring, Hard to Understand, and Repetitive 30 Dec 2013
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I had to purchase this book as a textbook for an English class and I would not reccomend it. The author is very hard to understand and the writing is very dry so it is hard to stay focused. The author is also very repetitive. He repeats everything he says three or four times. I would not have bought this book if I didn't have to for class. The book did arrive on time and was exactly as described, so I guess that's a plus.
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