The Uses of Phobia: Essays on Literature and Film
June 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
- Makes extensive reference to original readings of a wide range of literary texts and films, from the 1850s to the present
- Places a strong emphasis on the value phobia has held, in particular, for women activists, writers, and film-makers
- Discusses a range of writers and film-makers from Dickens, Thackeray, and George Eliot through Hardy, Joyce, Ford and Woolf; from Jean Renoir through Hitchcock and Truffaut to Margarethe von Trotta and Pedro Almodóvar
- Intervention in key debates in cultural theory and cultural history
Chapter 1. Household Clearances in Victorian Fiction.
Chapter 2. The Invention of Agoraphobia.
Chapter 3. Naturalism’s Phobic Picturesque.
Chapter 4. Feminist Phobia.
Chapter 5. Modernist Toilette.
Chapter 6. British First World War Combat Fiction.
Chapter 7. Ford against Joyce and Lewis.
Chapter 8. Hitchcock’s Modernism.
Chapter 9. Phoning It In.
Chapter 10. Lynne Ramsay’s Ratcatcher.