The Dread of Difference: Gender and the Horror Film (Texas Film & Media Studies Series) Paperback – 1 Jan 1996
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The press is also an excellent one. The University of Texas, in the late 1990's, put out a large quantity of very serious and very well done works on cinema and cinema history. At the time "Dread" came out, other works emerged at around the same time, all well worth the money. Whomever worked there at that time did superior editing and publishing work in this field, overall.
I think the book is also very useful from another perspective. Post-modern and feminist theory, just to name two, even when comprehensible, can be very intimidating. This would be a great "primer" for the graduate student in the liberal arts in order to get the "feel" of the main arguments that dominate in different schools of academic thought without becoming confused or - worse - bored to tears.
"Dread" is worth the money. I recommend it with enthusiasm, although as the three star reviewer notes, better care could have been taken with some details in the films under discussion, a very valid point. Still, the few errors are not fatal enough to compromise the overall work, in my opinion.
Excellent, thought provoking read.
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