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Teenage Traumata

Teenage Traumata

Youth, Affective Politics, and the Contemporary American Horror Film

(p.77) Teenage Traumata
American Horror Film
Pamela CraigMartin Fradley
University Press of Mississippi

This chapter delineates the political and ideological issues surrounding teenage protagonists in horror films. Pointing to many films’ self-conscious and often politically astute articulation of social class, gender, and race, it exonerates the American teen horror film from its critical dismissal as adolescent escapism or shameless pandering to the youth demographic.

Keywords:   American horror film, teen horror film, adolescent escapism, pandering

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