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Wasteland: The Great War and the Origins of Modern Horror (vuoden 2018 painos)

– tekijä: W. Scott Poole (Tekijä)

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"The roots of modern horror are found in the First World War. It was the most devastating event to occur in the early 1900s, with 38 million dead and 17 million wounded in the most grotesque of ways, owing to the new machines brought to war. If Downton Abbey showed the ripple effect of this catastrophe above stairs, Wasteland reveals how it made its way into the darker corners of our psyche on the bloody battlefield, the screaming asylum, and desolated cities and villages. Historian W. Scott Poole chronicles the era's major figures and their influences--Freud, T.S. Eliot, H.P. Lovecraft, Wilfred Owen and Peter Lorre, David Cronenberg and Freddy Krueger--as well as cult favorites and the collective unconscious. Wasteland is a surprising--but wholly convincing--perspective on horror that also speaks to the audience for history, film, and popular culture. November 11th, 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that brought the First World War to a close, and a number of smart and well-received recent histories have helped us reevaluate this conflict. Now W. Scott Poole takes us behind the frontlines of battle to the dark places of the imagination where the legacy of the war to end all wars lives on" --… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:metis_unhinged
Teoksen nimi:Wasteland: The Great War and the Origins of Modern Horror
Kirjailijat:W. Scott Poole (Tekijä)
Info:Counterpoint (2018), 304 pages
Kokoelmat:Living Room Bookshelf 1
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Avainsanoja:World War I, Cultural Studies

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näyttää 4/4
A very interesting look at how World War I influenced horror in film, art and literature. Poole traces the interactions between the mediums and how they responded to the real life horror wrought across Europe and the rest of the world. ( )
  poirotketchup | Mar 18, 2021 |
A book I never really thought I would read as I don't care for horror. I flew through the pages.
This is one of the most intriguing histories of war and how it's influence has reached into every aspect of our lives to this day.
I simply could not put this book down!
Shannon Alden, Literati Bookstore ( )
  ShannonRose4 | Sep 15, 2020 |
I made 65 notes on this book and never wrote the review! That's terrible. A waste of note-taking not to use them for their intended purpose.

I enjoyed this fluid, fluent recounting of the modern horror genre's explosion after the nightmarish experience of WWI. The rise of the film industry, its ability to offer a new take on the Gothic tale and meld it to the lived reality of millions...well, that's a tale worth telling. Poole told it well, but used a choppy technique that might be off-putting to some readers; it does feel a bit like reading someone's index cards for a high-school research paper. To me, it reinforced the currents in culture that Poole was highlighting, and allowed him to be pithy but thorough in making his points about the whys and wherefores of the evolution of Gothic stories into horror stories.

At all events, it bums me out that I didn't write a real review months ago while this book's pleasures and strengths were fresh in my mind. Now I can't recapture that impetus. But I can and do say that anyone with more than a passing interest in horror storytelling would do well to read the text closely. ( )
1 ääni richardderus | Jun 23, 2019 |
The problem with this work is that it feels rather scattershot in that while Poole draws interesting links between a disparate array of cultural figures, when was the last time you can remember Franz Kafka & H.P. Lovecraft being invoked at the same time, and writes with genuine passion, my sense is that this book needed another editorial pass by someone. That said, Poole makes the trenchant points that modern horror, initially, is less of an effort to seek catharsis to the atrocities of World War I than, first, an effort to drag an uncomprehending civilian population to the void and force them to peer in, followed by an expression of constant dread that modern power politics remains capable of unleashing unmitigated disaster if not reeled in. Also, Poole has a thread where he contemplates the interaction between horror and fascistic politics, as while some cultural producers used horror as a way to speak truth to power the fascist mentality tended to weaponize horror as a means of producing chaos as a way to power; Poole is quite unsympathetic to a variety of cultural producers (Lovecraft, Dali, T.S. Elliott, etc.) who tend to get a pass for their flirtations with fascist politics. From there this study fades out more than ends, as the cultural producers Poole is studying faded away; linking cultural history to the current political climate in a strong conclusion would have made for a better book. ( )
  Shrike58 | Jun 19, 2019 |
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"The roots of modern horror are found in the First World War. It was the most devastating event to occur in the early 1900s, with 38 million dead and 17 million wounded in the most grotesque of ways, owing to the new machines brought to war. If Downton Abbey showed the ripple effect of this catastrophe above stairs, Wasteland reveals how it made its way into the darker corners of our psyche on the bloody battlefield, the screaming asylum, and desolated cities and villages. Historian W. Scott Poole chronicles the era's major figures and their influences--Freud, T.S. Eliot, H.P. Lovecraft, Wilfred Owen and Peter Lorre, David Cronenberg and Freddy Krueger--as well as cult favorites and the collective unconscious. Wasteland is a surprising--but wholly convincing--perspective on horror that also speaks to the audience for history, film, and popular culture. November 11th, 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that brought the First World War to a close, and a number of smart and well-received recent histories have helped us reevaluate this conflict. Now W. Scott Poole takes us behind the frontlines of battle to the dark places of the imagination where the legacy of the war to end all wars lives on" --

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