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Deleuze and Horror Film

Anna Powell

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The horror film analysed from a Deleuzian perspective.

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1. The Affects of Horror
2. Schizoanalysis
3. Becoming-Animal, Becoming-Woman (Becoming-Monster)
4. Fractured Time
5. Body-Horror/Body Without Organs
6. Aesthetics of Horror
i) "The Movement Image"
ii) Molecularity
iii) Light and Shadow
7. Conclusion: The Neuro-Aesthetics of Film: An Evaluation.

About the Author

Anna Powell is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University.


Anna Powell's book is both visceral and intellectual. It deftly combines attentive accounts of specific films with broader theoretical speculation. Powell gets to the heart of what's compelling and addictive about horror films: their rhythms and intensities, the feelings they arouse, the ways they get under the skin of the viewer.
- Professor Steven Shaviro, Wayne State University
Anna Powell's study seems an unlikely mash-up, combining the free-wheeling musings of French philosopher Gilles Deleuze on art cinema with the visceral frisson of an oft-despised genre, but the combination proves surprisingly fruitful... For the serious horror film scholar, Powell's study offers a welcome addition to the existing theoretical works. For the serious horror fan who does not quail before academic jargon, the book will open up many favorite films to additional aesthetic perspectives. For Deleuzian scholars, it may well provide new insight into the usefulness of frameworks usually applied only to a rarified genre of films-it may even offer the opportunity to appreciate the complexity of the much-maligned horror genre.
- K. A. Laity, Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts
With its complex but fresh theories and inviting style, this work will enhance both film and gothic studies collections.