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Be Afraid

Catherine Belling

in A Condition of Doubt

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199892365
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199950096 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892365.003.0021
Be Afraid

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Horror stories, in fiction and especially film, express the content of hypochondria that medicine excludes or denies: the abjectness of the damaged, diseased, dead, and decaying body. The genre of horror allows expression of this unruly aspect of embodiment. Centered on a reading of David Cronenberg's film The Fly as a kind of illness narrative, the chapter suggest that hypochondria is to medicine as horror is to tragedy-and as postmodern horror, in its refusal of catharsis or closure, is to the clinical decorum of modern medicine.

Keywords: horror; postmodernism; tragedy; catharsis; closure; decorum

Chapter.  10596 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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