Terror of the soul essays on the canadian horror film

The Canadian Horror Film: Indeed, the introduction and the individual essays test the elasticity of the ever-expanding circumference of two questions that implicitly and explicitly drive the collection — what is "Canadian"? The diversity of writers is matched by the diversity of subjects.

This is a noble goal indeed. If, as many essayists contend, terrors of the tundra threaten our bodily existence, these beasts also threaten Canadians even with their pluralistic national identity with "cultural extinction.

With no disrespect to the Baron of Blood, Canadian cinema has managed a diverse and often cutting-edge body of horror films for decades now.

A History of Canadian Horror Cinemaand though certainly valuable in their thoroughness, these are more self-admittedly works of fan scholarship more than academic texts. So the new collection The Canadian Horror Film: Certain other films notably Black ChristmasGinger Snaps and Pontypool have attracted academic attention, but a great many others remain relatively unexamined.

The list of beasts is capacious, comprehensive, and playful and is compiled with a theoretical, philosophical, and political savvy methodology.

Many of the chapters make reference to other chapters, and the conclusion by Freitag and Loiselle dedicates itself to collecting all of the threads of the various essays.

The soul exists precariously in and with "the interval between external threat and internal dread.

You are not currently authenticated. The editors are explicitly polemical: And what is "horror" and "terror"? View freely available titles: In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: University of Toronto Press.

In the minds of many, the Canadian horror film begins and ends with David Cronenberg. One wonders if the Frye and Atwood Terror of the Soul is a welcome book for opening up the field.

We unapologetically claim that if Halloween matters, then so does Shivers" The Killer Whalewhich he recuperates from its usual dismissal as a Jaws knock-off. Some of the essays engage in overt boosterism Loiselle trumpets Sur le seuil as, "in my opinion, the best horror film ever made in Quebec" 81but the entire thrust of the project is a recuperative one, identifying with pride a varied and valuable horror tradition in Canada.

An impressive feature of The Canadian Horror Film, creditable to its editors, is its coherence as a collection, doubly so since its breadth stretches into avant-garde cinema, animation, and other topics rarely discussed as horror. View freely available titles: Terror of the Soul. University of Toronto Press,pp.

In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Peter Thompson argues that "the epistemological crisis engendered by cinematic horror comes from a series of boundary transgressions," underscoring that the history and aesthetics of Canadian horror film At the heart of this collection is an acknowledgement of the critical futility of articulating concretely the focus of its title and subtitle — its scope and subject.These thirteen essays valuably explore six topics related to the history and aesthetics of the Canadian horror film: nature, text-to-film adaptations, the "Tax Shelter Slasher" of the s ( to ), "Eco-Horror," animation, and David Cronenberg.

Review ‘These excellent essays identify precisely what sets the Canadian horror film apart from its American and British brethren. Highly recommended.’Reviews: 2. Featuring chapters on Pontypool, Ginger Snaps, s slasher films, Quebec horror, and the work of David Cronenberg, among many others, The Canadian Horror Film unearths the terrors hidden in the recesses of the Canadian psyche.

“An interesting and wide-ranging collection that makes a valuable contribution to work on both Canadian film and the genre of horror” (Mark Jancovich, Professor of Film Studies, School of Film, Television, and Media Studies, University of East Anglia). The Goose Volume 15|Issue 1 Article 22 The Canadian Horror Film: Terror of the Soul edited by Gina Freitag and Andre Loiselle Jennifer Schell.

THE CANADIAN HORROR FILM: TERROR OF THE SOUL Edited by Gina Freitag and André Loiselle Toronto: University of Toronto Press,pp.

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