Cannibalism in Literature and Film

Hardcover | December 24, 2012

byJennifer Brown

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From images of stewed missionaries to Hannibal Lecter's hiss, cannibals have intrigued while evoking horror and repulsion. The label of cannibal has been used throughout history to denigrate a given individual or group. By examining who is labelled cannibal at any given time, we can understand the fears, prejudices, accepted norms and taboos of society at that time. From the cannibal in colonial literature, to the idea of regional Gothic and the hillbilly cannibal, to serial killers, this book examines works by writers and directors including Joseph Conrad, H. Rider Haggard, Thomas Harris, Bret Easton Ellis, Cormac McCarthy, Wes Craven, and Tim Burton. It explores questions of cultural identity and otherness in the modern period, offering an important and original examination of cultural norms and fears with reference to national, economic, linguistic, and sexual identity. Amidst the sharp teeth and horrific appetite of the cannibal, the book examines real fears of over-consumerism and consumption that trouble an ever-growing modern world.

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From images of stewed missionaries to Hannibal Lecter's hiss, cannibals have intrigued while evoking horror and repulsion. The label of cannibal has been used throughout history to denigrate a given individual or group. By examining who is labelled cannibal at any given time, we can understand the fears, prejudices, accepted norms and ...

JENNIFER BROWN completed her PhD in English literature in Trinity College Dublin in 2010. She has been a teacher of English language and literature for nine years, teaching in Ireland, Spain and Italy. She has presented at the International Gothic Association conference and published reviews with the Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 10.19 × 5.72 × 0.89 inPublished:December 24, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230360513

ISBN - 13:9780230360518

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Table of Contents

Preface; M.Jancovich
Introduction
PART I: MR. CANNIBAL I PRESUME? THE COLONIAL CANNIBAL
No Petticoats Here: Early Colonial Cannibals
Into the Heart of Darkness
Off the Beaten Track? The Post-Conradian Cannibal
PART II: YEEHAW! THE REGIONAL CANNIBAL
Borders and Bean: The British Regional Cannibal
Hillbilly Highway: The American Regional Cannibal
PART III: CANNNIBALS IN OUR MIDST: THE CITY CANNIBAL
City Slashers and Rippers: London Cannibals
American Psychos
Conclusion
Index
Bibliography and Filmography