Critical Insights: Paranoia, Fear & Alienation

Critical Insights Series

The series focuses on an individual author's entire body of work, a single work of literature, or a literary theme.

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  • 1 Volume; 300 Pages
  • 10-14 essays offering Current Critical Analysis by Top Literary Scholars
  • Introductory Essay by the Editor
  • Additional Works on Theme
  • Detailed Bio of the Editor
  • General Bibliography
  • General Subject Index
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Editor: Kimberly Drake
December 2016 · 1 volume · 300 pages · 6"x9"

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ISBN: 978-1-68217-126-4
# of Pages: 300
# of Volumes: 1
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Outstanding, in-depth scholarship by renowned literary critics; great starting point for students seeking an introduction to the theme and the critical discussions surrounding it.
Fear, paranoia, and alienation are terms that pull in different directions, but they also overlap in key ways, most having to do with the idea that the mind's apprehension of danger, whether that apprehension is accurate or not, can lead to expected emotions. The fact that the body can produce fear-related responses when there is no immediate threat has lead over the centuries of human existence to stories--oral, visual, or written--with the intention of making the audience experience the emotional and physical symptoms of fear.

In this volume of the Critical Insights series are critical works on authors or directors who plunge their readers/viewers into the visceral experience of fear by depicting characters and conflicts as realistically as possible. Included are essays on well-known texts that are likely to be studied in high school and introductory college courses in writing, literature, and/or film. Subjects of analysis include cultural examinations of danger and civility, fear in Shakespeare's Macbeth, historical considerations of women and paranoia, comparisons of the role of the camera, and many others.

Inside the reader can expect to find chapters organized into three sections: Critical Contexts, Critical Readings, and Resources. Each essay is 2,500 to 5,000 words in length, and all essays include endnotes and conclude with a detailed list of "Works Cited." The volume begins with an introduction by the editor regarding her interpretations of cultural constructions of fear, danger and civility. Finally, the volume's appendixes offer a section of useful reference resources:


Additional Works on the Theme
About the Editor