Cognitive and Philosophical Approaches to Horror

In Harry Benshoff (ed.), Blackwell Companion to the Horror Film. Blackwell (forthcoming)

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Aaron Smuts
Rhode Island College
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Four main issues have occupied center stage in the analytic-cognitivist work on horror: (1) What is horror? (2) What is the appeal of horror? (3) How does it frighten audiences? and, (4) is it irrational to be scared of horror fiction?
Keywords horror  paradox of fiction  paradox of tragedy  paradox of painful art  fear  disgust
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