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Shocking Representation


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Shocking Representation is an original and convincing study of how history shapes the modes of cinematic horror and fantasy. Through sensitive critical analysis, Lowenstein shows how specific historical traumas are expressed both consciously and unconsciously in a variety of films; in the process he enables us to see these films in a new way, and he repeatedly deepens our appreciation of their artistry. -- James Naremore, Indiana University, author of More Than Night: Film Noir in Its Contexts Adam Lowenstein's meditations on the relation between historical trauma and the spectatorial trauma of horror films allow us to see these films, this history, and indeed ourselves in a new light. Shocking Representation should be urgent reading for all those curious about the fundamental questions of psyche, history, and cinema. It is filled with insights which will be of value not only to scholars but to intellectually adventurous film viewers and makers. -- Adam Simon, writer-director, The American Nightmare Adam Lowenstein's Shocking Representation transforms our sense of the horror film by knocking down traditional distinctions. The terrain of his analysis is international and he treats art films alongside low-budget exploitation films. Ultimately Lowenstein traces the horror in these films back to that nightmare from which we are all struggling to awaken-the history of the twentieth century. -- Tom Gunning, University of Chicago, author of The Films of Fritz Lang: Allegories of Vision and Modernity

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Adam Lowenstein is associate professor of English and film studies at the University of Pittsburgh. His essays have appeared in Cinema Journal, Critical Quarterly, and Post Script as well as the anthologies Hitchcock: Past and Future Trauma and Cinema: Cross-Cultural Explorations, and British Cinema, Past and Present.


"[Lowenstein] has placed the study of cinematic horror on a whole new level." -- Scott Preston, The Communication Review

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