The Philosophy of Horror by Noel Carroll
Or, Paradoxes of the Heart

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Noel Carroll, film scholar and philosopher, offers the first serious look at the aesthetics of horror. In this book he discusses the nature and narrative structures of the genre, dealing with horror as a "transmedia" phenomenon. A fan and serious student of the horror genre, Carroll brings to bear his comprehensive knowledge of obscure and forgotten works, as well as of the horror masterpieces. Working from a philosophical perspective, he tries to account for how people can find pleasure in having their wits scared out of them. What, after all, are those "paradoxes of the heart" that make us want to be horrified?

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Noel Carroll is Distinguished Professor in the Philosophy Program at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Published September 2, 2003 by Routledge. 268 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Law & Philosophy, Horror, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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