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This volume finds the proper place of psychoanalytic thought in critical analysis of cinema through a series of essays that debate its legitimacy, utility, and validity as applied to the horror genre. It distinguishes itself from previous work in this area through the self-consciousness with which psychoanalytic concepts are employed and the theorization that coexists with This volume finds the proper place of psychoanalytic thought in critical analysis of cinema through a series of essays that debate its legitimacy, utility, and validity as applied to the horror genre. It distinguishes itself from previous work in this area through the self-consciousness with which psychoanalytic concepts are employed and the theorization that coexists with interpretations of particular horror films and subgenres.


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This volume finds the proper place of psychoanalytic thought in critical analysis of cinema through a series of essays that debate its legitimacy, utility, and validity as applied to the horror genre. It distinguishes itself from previous work in this area through the self-consciousness with which psychoanalytic concepts are employed and the theorization that coexists with This volume finds the proper place of psychoanalytic thought in critical analysis of cinema through a series of essays that debate its legitimacy, utility, and validity as applied to the horror genre. It distinguishes itself from previous work in this area through the self-consciousness with which psychoanalytic concepts are employed and the theorization that coexists with interpretations of particular horror films and subgenres.

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  1. 5 out of 5

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    This is probably the best edited volume I’ve ever read. Schneider clearly put a lot of effort into editing the book and facilitating meaningful dialog among the contributors. It’s also one of the best examples I’ve seen where authors with fundamentally opposed perspectives engage with one another seriously and where the book isn't designed to suggest a clear ‘winner’ in the debates. Schneider’s chapters, especially the intro, are among the best contributions. (It’s no surprise that he dropped hi This is probably the best edited volume I’ve ever read. Schneider clearly put a lot of effort into editing the book and facilitating meaningful dialog among the contributors. It’s also one of the best examples I’ve seen where authors with fundamentally opposed perspectives engage with one another seriously and where the book isn't designed to suggest a clear ‘winner’ in the debates. Schneider’s chapters, especially the intro, are among the best contributions. (It’s no surprise that he dropped his PhD to become a producer; it’s a loss for readers but he knew he was smart enough to succeed in the field). The book’s relevance also extends far beyond its titular subject matter. It provides a wealth of insight into the philosophy of science and theory that left me with a lot to think over and that I imagine would be interesting even for many readers with no particular interest in psychoanalysis or horror film.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    I'm not sure a 60% success ratio in a collection of essays is the best batting average. But the good ones are damn good.

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