Philosophical Quarterly 41 (165):519 (1991)

Noel Carroll
CUNY Graduate Center
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?
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
ISBN(s) 9780415902168
DOI 10.2307/2220100
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 70,214
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Ugliness Is in the Gut of the Beholder.Ryan P. Doran - forthcoming - Ergo: An Open Access Journal of Philosophy.
Art and Negative Affect.Aaron Smuts - 2009 - Philosophy Compass 4 (1):39-55.
Against Emotional Dogmatism.Brogaard Berit & Chudnoff Elijah - 2016 - Philosophical Issues 26 (1):59-77.
How Literature Expands Your Imagination.Antonia Peacocke - 2021 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 103 (2):298-319.

View all 49 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Horror and Mood.Andrea Sauchelli - 2014 - American Philosophical Quarterly 51 (1):39-50.
The Philosophy of Horror.Thomas Richard Fahy (ed.) - 2010 - University Press of Kentucky.
Horror.Aaron Smuts - 2008 - In Paisley Livingston & Carl Plantinga (eds.), Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Film.
The Philosophy of Horror or Paradoxes of the Heart.Ira Newman - 1991 - Philosophical Books 32 (3):185-186.
Horror and Humor.Noël Carroll - 1999 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 57 (2):145-160.
29 From The Philosophy of Horror.Noel Carroll - 1998 - In Carolyn Korsmeyer (ed.), Aesthetics: The Big Questions. Blackwell. pp. 2--274.
Disenstoried Horror.Sara Waller & Chris Meyers - 2001 - Film and Philosophy 4:117-126.
The Nature of Horror.Noël Carroll - 1987 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 46 (1):51-59.


Added to PP index

Total views
145 ( #80,792 of 2,507,596 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
5 ( #139,887 of 2,507,596 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes