Palgrave Gothic

Consuming Gothic

Food and Horror in Film

Authors: Piatti-Farnell, Lorna

  • The first volume to analyse food and Gothic horror in film
  • Offers fresh perspectives on Gothic horror through the visceral framework of eating
  • Covers topics of disgust, abject, hunger, violence, and slaughter
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This book offers a critical analysis of the relationship between food and horror in post-1980 cinema. Evaluating the place of consumption within cinematic structures, Piatti-Farnell analyses how seemingly ordinary foods are re-evaluated in the Gothic framework of irrationality and desire. The complicated and often ambiguous relationship between food and horror draws important and inescapable connections to matters of disgust, hunger, abjection, violence, as well as the sensationalisation of transgressive corporeality and monstrous pleasures. By looking at food consumption within Gothic cinema, the book uncovers eating as a metaphorical activity of the self, where the haunting psychology of the everyday, the porous boundaries of the body, and the uncanny limits of consumer identity collide. Aimed at scholars, researchers, and students of the field, Consuming Gothic charts different manifestations of food and horror in film while identifying specific socio-political and cultural anxieties of contemporary life.

About the authors

Dr Lorna Piatti-Farnell is Director of the Popular Culture Research Centre at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. She is the President and Founder of the Gothic Association of New Zealand and Australia. She is the author of several books, including The Vampire in Contemporary Popular Literature (2014), and has published widely in the intersecting disciplines of Gothic studies, food studies, popular media, and cultural history.

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“A leading Gothic and food scholar, Piatti-Farnell offers an insightful examination of the social and cultural anxieties that surround food. Acknowledging the centrality of eating to survival and culture, she explores how food horror undermines the normality of food by confronting us with its abject realities.  Often unsettling, sometimes revolting, but always enlightening, Piatti-Farnell’s analysis gives the reader a lot to chew over; food for thought for the horror fan or scholar alike.  Bon Appetit.” (Stacey Abbott is a Reader in Film and Television Studies at the University of Roehampton, UK. She is the author of “Undead Apocalypse: Vampires and Zombies in the 21st Century” (2016))

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Approaching Food and Horror

    Piatti-Farnell, Lorna

    Pages 1-38

  • Horror Matters: Abominable Substances and the Revulsions of Orality

    Piatti-Farnell, Lorna

    Pages 39-87

  • Consuming Hunger: Body Narratives and the Controversies of Incorporation

    Piatti-Farnell, Lorna

    Pages 89-131

  • A Taste for Butchery: Slaughterhouse Narratives and the Consumable Body

    Piatti-Farnell, Lorna

    Pages 133-177

  • Feeding Nightmares: Madness, Hauntings, and the Kitchen of Horrors

    Piatti-Farnell, Lorna

    Pages 179-219

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eBook $79.99
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  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-45050-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Consuming Gothic
Book Subtitle
Food and Horror in Film
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Gothic
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-45051-7
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-45051-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-45050-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 276
Number of Illustrations and Tables
10 illustrations in colour
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