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Plant Horror

Approaches to the Monstrous Vegetal in Fiction and Film

Editors: Keetley, Dawn, Tenga, Angela (Eds.)

  • Explores artistic representations of vegetal life that imperil human life
  • Explores the way that vegetal threats express human anxieties in art, fiction, and film
  • Features analysis of The Day of the Triffids, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Wicker Man, Swamp Thing and The Happening
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About this book

This collection explores artistic representations of vegetal life that imperil human life, voicing anxieties about our relationship to other life forms with which we share the earth. From medieval manuscript illustrations to modern works of science fiction and horror, plants that manifest monstrous agency defy human control, challenge anthropocentric perception, and exact a violent vengeance for our blind and exploitative practices. Plant Horror explores how depictions of monster plants reveal concerns about the viability of our prevailing belief systems and dominant ideologies— as well as a deep-seated fear about human vulnerability in an era of deepening ecological crisis. Films discussed include The Day of the Triffids, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Wicker Man, Swamp Thing, and The Happening.

About the authors

Dawn Keetley teaches at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She has published on several recent horror TV series as well as on horror films from the 1930s to the present. She is the editor of a collection of essays on The Walking Dead (2014) and is finishing a book on 19th century Boston murderer, Jesse Pomeroy, as well as a co-edited collection on the ecogothic in 19th century America. 

Angela Tenga currently teaches courses in literature, history, and popular culture at Florida Institute of Technology. Her research interests include monster studies, representations of crime in fiction, early English literature, and the renewal and revision of the medieval in modern popular culture.


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Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Introduction: Six Theses on Plant Horror; or, Why Are Plants Horrifying?

    Keetley, Dawn

    Pages 1-30

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  • The Pre-cosmic Squiggle: Tendril Excesses in Early Modern Art and Science Fiction Cinema

    Scherer, Agnes

    Pages 31-53

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  • Seeds of Horror: Sacrifice and Supremacy in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, The Wicker Man, and Children of the Corn

    Tenga, Angela

    Pages 55-72

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  • The Mandrake’s Lethal Cry: Homuncular Plants in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    Chez, Keridiana W.

    Pages 73-89

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  • Green Hells: Monstrous Vegetations in Twentieth-Century Representations of Amazonia

    Jaramillo, Camilo

    Pages 91-109

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Buy this book

eBook 84,99 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-57063-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 103,99 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-57062-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Plant Horror
Book Subtitle
Approaches to the Monstrous Vegetal in Fiction and Film
Editors
  • Dawn Keetley
  • Angela Tenga
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-57063-5
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-57063-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-57062-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 278
Number of Illustrations and Tables
14 illustrations in colour
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