Introduction to Horror

This presentation is to give an overview of the key ideas that will be addressed across the whole unit on the horror genre for Year 10 English students.

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Introduction to Horror

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This presentation is to give an overview of the key ideas that will be addressed across the whole unit on the horror genre for Year 10 English students.
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    • Aims
    • To describe the main features of the horror genre
    • To identify some of the developments in the genre
    • To understand how changing contexts influence the development of the genre
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    • Features of the genre
    • The defining feature is its effect: to provoke an emotional, psychological or physical response in the reader.
    • "The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.“ – HP Lovecraft
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    • So we told each other stories through the long, dark nights...when the fires burned low, we did our best to scare the daylights out of each other. The rush of adrenaline feels good. Our hearts pound, our breath quickens, and we can imagine ourselves on the edge. Yet we also appreciate the insightful aspects of horror. Sometimes a story intends to shock and disgust, but the best horror intends to rattle our cages and shake us out of our complacency. It makes us think, forces us to confront ideas we might rather ignore, and challenges preconceptions of all kinds. Horror reminds us that the world is not always as safe as it seems, which exercises our mental muscles and reminds us to keep a little healthy caution close at hand – Elizabeth Barrette (Elements of Aversion)
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    • Features of the genre
    • Horror will have a “monster” who represents a physical, psychological, moral or social menace.
    • The “monster” will disrupt the “normal” state of the world. Once it is destroyed, normality is re-established, sometimes changed.
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    • Features of the genre
    • Horror might include settings that are ominous or foreboding
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    • Check-in Quiz
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    • Developments in Horror
    • Gothic horror stories emerge from folklore, but in the 18th century, novels began to incorporate the supernatural
    • 18th Century
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    • The Gothic tradition blossomed into what we now call horror with the icons of modern horror emerging.
    • 19th Century
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    • Developments in Horror
    • In the 20th century, cinema propels the genre, but literary works continue to develop
    • 20th Century
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    • Developments in Horror
    • In the past decade or so, the horror genre has been manipulated through genre mashups, teen fiction and the graphic novel genre
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    • Changing Contexts
    • Definition 1
    • Context is the social and historical surroundings of when a text is made.
    • When we write about context, we write about how what was going on in the world of the text and its author might have influenced its content.
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    • Changing Contexts
    • Definition 2
    • Context is the social and historical surroundings of when a text is read.
    • When we write about readers’ contexts, we write about how the readers’ own values and attitudes and those that prevail in the world of the reader affect the meanings made.
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    • Changing Contexts
    • Example: Frankenstein
    • The explosion in scientific advances in the early 1800’s inspired the idea of a scientist using electricity to breathe life into a corpse.
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    • Changing Contexts
    • Example: Dracula
    • The strict social rules of the Victorian period and the rising anger against the upper classes informed way vampires were depicted in Stoker’s novel
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    • Context isn’t just a history lesson.
    • Context directly impacts on the kinds of stories that get told at different times.
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    • Changing Contexts
    • New contexts create new fears
    • Romantics: science
    • Victorians: sexuality
    • 1940’s: Nazis
    • 1950’s: Russia
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    • Check-in Quiz
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    • Recap
    • Horror is all about fear and dread
    • Horror continues to evolve in response to changing contexts
    • The ways horror stories are created continue to change
    • Horror stories can reveal underlying social fears and anxieties
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    • Check-in Quiz
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