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    Body horror and Science Fiction and fascination with the body

    With directors like Cronenberg, Lynch, Carpenter body horror emerged as a distinct genre around 70’s and 80’s where the body was treated as susceptible surface of rupture and deformations. The backbone of science and its possibility of bodily transformations (more than the happy possibility, it was more like "science experiment gone wrong") held the motivation behind the spawning of the genre with films like The Fly, The Re-Animator, Shivers etc. The inspiration behind the genre, to some extent comes from science fiction, and its deployment on the body. To understand the genre of body horror, one has to look at how science fiction films as well as texts treat the human body

    • all good body horror films tend to traverse between the borders for horror and other genres. as you rightly point out, The Fly can be considered as a science fiction film with horror inflictions. Many science fiction films incorporate the body or transformation of the body for the greater good or progression of us as a species. the genre science fiction is broad and encapsulates many topics that can be visualised from a horror perspective – BrainFart 5 years ago

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    There has been a lot of postcol science fiction writing, that indeed writes back to the eurocentric vision of science fiction.

    Science-Fiction: Defining a Sprawling Genre.

    I loved supernatural till season 5. Then it got quite boring

    Supernatural: The Success and Failure of Continuing Series

    The initial critical attention to Sade (speaking about !20 days of sodom) was mainly psychoanalytic, given the number of sexual acts which helped the sexologists to annotate it in the list of perversions, I liked how you speculated on the political philosophy of Sade as well as the affective feeling of horror and terror in his fiction.

    The Marquis de Sade and Literary Terror

    great article! I enjoyed reading it

    The Controversial Art of Sally Mann

    Hi! Nice observations you made on horror films speculating on motherhood and its simultaneous relevance to psychoanalytic theories.

    Maternal Horror Films: Understanding the 'Dysfunctional' Mother

    Hi! Nice observations you made on horror films speculating on motherhood and its simultaneous relevance to psychoanalytic theories.
    I was thinking about how virginity is used as a trope in some of the horror films like “jennifer’s body”, the virginity as the desirable as well as the potentially threatening element( indeed making it more desirable) in a problematic relation to the female sexuality. Both the ‘virgin’ and ‘mother’ though having diametrically opposite functions in the society, are indeed linked in this nexus of protection (for virgin) and repression(for mother) of sexuality. It is interesting to see how both of these categories are defined in accordance to their deployment of sexuality. The mother as the lack of it, and the virgin who is “un-touched”.

    Maternal Horror Films: Understanding the 'Dysfunctional' Mother