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Laughing at the Horror: Horror Films and the ‘Failed Carnival’

Carnival laughter is a significant feature of American horror films from the late 1970s onward which is often overlooked. In this paper I address this critical gap by developing the concept of ‘failed carnival’. The failed carnival takes elements from Mikhail Bakhtin’s idea of festive laughter and Linda Hutcheon’s theories on parody, elaborating them through …

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Undressing the Ghost: Embodying Bereavement Trauma in Stanislaw Lem’s Solaris

As in many ghost stories, the spectres which haunt Stanislaw Lem’s science fiction novel Solaris are birthed from trauma and loss. However, unlike traditionally non-corporeal spectres, the visitors that haunt Solaris possess a frightening physicality; a physicality closely tied to the workings of trauma theory. As such, this paper argues that these figuresare physical embodiments …

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Encountering Cyborg Plants: Embodied Experiences of Vegetal Beings in Contemporary Science Fiction Art

In multispecies studies, the cognitive bias known as plant blindness can be identified within the environmental humanities, as critical animal studies have largely dominated much of multispecies discourse. However, theorists such as Michael Marder and Matthew Hall have recently brought to light the need for critical plant studies and the ethics and politics surrounding vegetal …

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“The form of all things but devoid of form”: Transcending the Corporeal in the ecoWeird

This paper considers how ecoWeird texts frequently position an abandonment of anthropocentric thought alongside a transcendence of the physical body. A new generic term to encompass the corpus of ecologically-minded Weird fiction, the ecoWeird draws upon Timothy Morton’s theory of dark ecology in order to argue that the Weird historically dismantles the human/nonhuman binary. This …

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Defamiliarizing embodiment: Strategies for the representation of disembodied characters in film

Our inter-subjective experiences rely on the premise of an embodied subject. Most filmic conventions follow this premise, and convey information to an embodied spectator (through visual and aural stimuli), and present characters who are also embodied. This creates a para-subjective and para-social relationship between embodied subjects. But what happens when the character does not possess …

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‘Machine imitation’ of ‘real life’: The effect of human obsolescence on the individual self

1950s America saw a rise in technologies such as television that not only increased the role of machines in people’s lives but encouraged the mechanisation of certain aspects of society. The minimisation of the human in the workforce due to robots and automated devices led to increased tension in the 1950s by suggesting the obsolescence …

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“As if I was already only a machine”: Posthumanism and the politics of techno-desire and fantasy in Ken Liu’s ‘Good Hunting’

Drawing on Deepika Bahri’s notion of the “reincarnative politics” of the so-called civilising mission of imperial colonialism, I will explore the redemptive anti-capital narrative in the evolution of the sexualised machine-woman from the hulijing, a fox-woman animal spirit, in Ken Liu’s acclaimed short story ‘Good Hunting.’ Yan, the hulijing, becomes trapped in her human body …