Haunted by Leo Braudy
On Ghosts, Witches, Vampires, Zombies, and Other Monsters of the Natural and Supernatural Worlds

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My worries about following Braudy’s arguments proved unfounded. If this scholar writes densely, he also has a kangaroo capacity for crossing huge distances at a bound, moving with equal zest and confidence among biblical, classical, medieval, Enlightenment and Hollywood figures and conceits.
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An award-winning scholar and author charts four hundred years of monsters and how they reflect the culture that created them

Leo Braudy, a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, has won accolades for revealing the complex and constantly shifting history behind seemingly unchanging ideas of fame, war, and masculinity.
 
Continuing his interest in the history of emotion, this book explores how fear has been shaped into images of monsters and monstrosity. From the Protestant Reformation to contemporary horror films and fiction, he explores four major types: the monster from nature (King Kong), the created monster (Frankenstein), the monster from within (Mr. Hyde), and the monster from the past (Dracula). Drawing upon deep historical and literary research, Braudy discusses the lasting presence of fearful imaginings in an age of scientific progress, viewing the detective genre as a rational riposte to the irrational world of the monstrous. Haunted is a compelling and incisive work by a writer at the height of his powers.
 

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Leo Braudy is University Professor and Bing Professor of English at the University of Southern California. He previously taught at Yale, Columbia, and Johns Hopkins. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship as well as a Senior Scholar Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has been a fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation at the Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio, Italy, as well as a writer-in-residence at the American Academy in Rome. His book, Jean Renoir: The World of His Films, was a finalist for the National Book Award. Another of his books, The Frenzy of Renown: Fame and Its History, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Harper's. Mr. Braudy lives with his wife in Los Angeles.
 
Published October 25, 2016 by Yale University Press. 336 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Gregory Maguire on Oct 26 2016

My worries about following Braudy’s arguments proved unfounded. If this scholar writes densely, he also has a kangaroo capacity for crossing huge distances at a bound, moving with equal zest and confidence among biblical, classical, medieval, Enlightenment and Hollywood figures and conceits.

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Reviewed by Gregory Maguire on Oct 30 2016

What we find here instead is painstakingly evenhanded, with little accelerando, mystery or shock. Rather than consider this a flaw, however, I’ve been brought around to thinking about what it means to be truly haunted.

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