The Myth of Harm: Horror, Censorship and the Child (Hardcover)

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The Myth of Harm: Horror, Censorship and the Child (Hardcover)

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The horror genre has endured a long and controversial success within popular culture. Fraught with accusations pertaining to its alleged ability to harm and corrupt young people and indeed society as a whole, the genre is constantly under pressure to suppress that which has made it so popular to begin with - its ability to frighten and generate discussion about society's darker side. Recognising the circularity of patterns in each generational manifestation of horror censorship, The Myth of Harm draws upon cases such as the Slenderman stabbing and the James Bulger murder amongst many others in order to explore the manner in which horror has been repeatedly cast as a harmful influence upon children at the expense of scrutinising other more complex social issues.

Focusing on five major controversies beginning in the 1930's Golden Age of Horror Cinema and ending on a more contemporary note with Cyber-Gothic horror - this book identifies and considers the various myths and false hoods surrounding the genre of horror and question the very motivation behind the proliferation and dissemination of these myths as scapegoats for political and social issues, platforms for "moral entrepreneurs" and tools of hyperbolae for the news industry.
Sarah Cleary is a media consultant, lecturer and development executive, specialising in the field of horror, based in Ireland.
Product Details ISBN: 9781501378287
ISBN-10: 1501378287
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication Date: December 29th, 2022
Pages: 296
Language: English