Friday, October 25, 2013

Scholar Isabel Cristina Pinedo on Race Horror

Latina and Assistant Professor of Media & Cultural Studies (my future job) Isabel Cristina Pinedo, author of Recreational Terror: Women and the Pleasures of Horror Film Viewing breaks down "Race Horror" in Chapter Five, but not prior to expressing some personal sentiments that requires our attention in the Introduction:

"Like others before me, my choice of book topic is intimately connected to who I am--a feminist and an avid horror fan--a combination some might regard as an oxymoron. Nevertheless, it is precisely my conflicting and evolving interests that have led me to treat this as an important topic of intellectual inquiry. Prior to my realization that the relationship between feminism and cinematic horror is an uneasy one, my interest in the horror film was strictly recreational...I am interested in understanding why the genre is such a powerful source of pleasure for me and for others, but especially for women. What does this say about us? How does it help us understand the social world in which we live? How does it help us to develop strategies for bringing about progressive social change?"

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