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Teenage Traumata

Teenage Traumata

Youth, Affective Politics, and the Contemporary American Horror Film

Chapter:
(p.77) Teenage Traumata
Source:
American Horror Film
Author(s):
Pamela CraigMartin Fradley
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604734539.003.0006

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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