As American as Mom, Baseball, and Apple Pie: Constructing Community in Contemporary American Horror Fiction

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Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 297 pages
This book does nothing less than redefine the very genre of horror fiction, calling into question the usual conventions, motifs, and elements. Unlike many critics of this genre, Linda Holland-Toll sees dis/affirmative horror fiction acting neither to soothe fears nor reduce them to the vicarious “thrills ‘n’ chills” mode, but as intensifying the fears inherent in everyday life.

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Contents

The Strategies of Exclusion
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Introduction
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Breaking Down the Monster
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Copyright

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