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Plant Horror: Approaches to the Monstrous Vegetal in Fiction and Film

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This collection explores artistic representations of vegetal life that imperil human life, voicing anxieties about our relationship to other life forms with which we share the earth. From medieval manuscript illustrations to modern works of science fiction and horror, plants that manifest monstrous agency defy human control, challenge anthropocentric perception, and exact This collection explores artistic representations of vegetal life that imperil human life, voicing anxieties about our relationship to other life forms with which we share the earth. From medieval manuscript illustrations to modern works of science fiction and horror, plants that manifest monstrous agency defy human control, challenge anthropocentric perception, and exact a violent vengeance for our blind and exploitative practices. Plant Horror explores how depictions of monster plants reveal concerns about the viability of our prevailing belief systems and dominant ideologies as well as a deep-seated fear about human vulnerability in an era of deepening ecological crisis. Films discussed include The Day of the Triffids, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Wicker Man, Swamp Thing, and The Happening.


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This collection explores artistic representations of vegetal life that imperil human life, voicing anxieties about our relationship to other life forms with which we share the earth. From medieval manuscript illustrations to modern works of science fiction and horror, plants that manifest monstrous agency defy human control, challenge anthropocentric perception, and exact This collection explores artistic representations of vegetal life that imperil human life, voicing anxieties about our relationship to other life forms with which we share the earth. From medieval manuscript illustrations to modern works of science fiction and horror, plants that manifest monstrous agency defy human control, challenge anthropocentric perception, and exact a violent vengeance for our blind and exploitative practices. Plant Horror explores how depictions of monster plants reveal concerns about the viability of our prevailing belief systems and dominant ideologies as well as a deep-seated fear about human vulnerability in an era of deepening ecological crisis. Films discussed include The Day of the Triffids, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Wicker Man, Swamp Thing, and The Happening.

39 review for Plant Horror: Approaches to the Monstrous Vegetal in Fiction and Film

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Jane Jane

    This is an academic book, so I'm rating it as such. Some essays are alright; some are weak on research; some are naval-gazing and too obscure to say anything truly useful about the genre. It is really good that someone wanted to do a collection of work on plant horror - it's an underappreciated field of study - but really more could be said and done about it. There was too much overlap to make the overall themes deeply valuable. If you are researching the subject, though, you need to buy it. It This is an academic book, so I'm rating it as such. Some essays are alright; some are weak on research; some are naval-gazing and too obscure to say anything truly useful about the genre. It is really good that someone wanted to do a collection of work on plant horror - it's an underappreciated field of study - but really more could be said and done about it. There was too much overlap to make the overall themes deeply valuable. If you are researching the subject, though, you need to buy it. It has necessary bits you won't find elsewhere. If you are just plant-horror curious, though, maybe get a nature horror book and seek out the plant section (I know, we need a proper plant horror book - I want to write one, so keep an eye on my publisher, but we need more than that too)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Will A

    The thesis on why plants are horrifying is a major addition to the growing area of ecohorror studies. Insightful and originally thought provoking

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    Ro Prufrock

    plant horror is the only thing i'm gonna be talking about for the rest of my life!!!! plant horror is the only thing i'm gonna be talking about for the rest of my life!!!!

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