Fear by Joanna Bourke
A Cultural History

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Fear — the word, itself, conjures the appropriate response. With a dark cacophony of associations like fright, dread, horror, panic, alarm, anxiety, and terror, fear is universally understood as one of the most basic and powerful of human emotions, obtaining a nearly palpable and overwhelming substance in today's world.

In this groundbreaking book, acclaimed historian and prize-winning author Joanna Bourke covers the landscape of fear over the past two hundred years: From the nineteenth century dread of being buried alive — a subject dear to the heart of Edgar Allen Poe — to the current worry over being able to die when one chooses; from the diagnoses of phobias and anxieties produced by psychotherapists and lovingly catalogued, to the role of popular culture and media in inciting panic and dread; from the horrors of the nuclear age to the fear of twenty-first century terrorism, Fear tells the story of anguish in modern times.

A blend of social and cultural history with psychology, philosophy, and popular science, this astonishing book — exhaustively researched and beautifully written — offers strikingly original insights into the mind and worldview of the “long twentieth century” from one of the most brilliant scholars of our time.
 

About Joanna Bourke

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Joanna Bourke teaches history at Birkbeck College, London. Her books include "Dismembering the Male: Men's Bodies, Britian and the Great War" (1996).
 
Published February 17, 2005 by Virago Press Ltd. 512 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction

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Fear: A Cultural History by Joanna Bourke 500pp, Virago, £25 A spectre is haunting the world - the spectre of terrorism.

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Fear: A Cultural History by Joanna Bourke Virago £25, pp512 When, through a lifetime, are human beings free from fear?

Feb 13 2005 | Read Full Review of Fear: A Cultural History

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From death and disaster to dangerous technologies, the number of things out there to fear is countless, argues British historian Bourke (An Intimate History of Killing ), who surveys a pitted landscape of dread and panic over the past two centuries in this imaginative social, psychological and cu...

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