Mass Comm 190- Lecture Notes

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MC 190- Monster Film Levina Lecture 1- July 3 rd Monsters- Human like; some deviation on the human Elaborate metaphors for what ailes a society at a moment What we observe are a history of human anxieties Zombies- consumerism Vampires- AIDS Have to talk about monsters with a historical context The Twilight Zone What it is to be human Beauty in the eye of the beholder o Main character is a freak (because beauty is the deviation) o Shows how the dichotomy is presented o If you are not human, then you are a monster; therefore, a lot of times, then by looking at what looks like a monster, we can, by extension, see what is human We know she is a monster because she is not part of the norm o Difference from the norm= monster o Monsters stand for a cultural definition of difference o The pig people are the norm; the beautiful blonde woman is a deviation Came out in 1960 o Pig people represent communist o Right at the point of the Red Scare o “We must all be the same”- to conform, to be part of the name o They are pigs The Outer Limits (1960) 1960 and Paranoia The Architects of Fear Monsters created by societies in order to have something to unite (cause nothing brings people closer together than an identity) Lecture 2 The Uncanny Sigmund Freud o First written in 1919 (after WWI) o Revised in 1925 (talks about the pleasure principle) o Describes the uncanny; interested in how art can produce the same feeling o What is this sensation ? What do they mean by uncanny? o “I myself don’t feel uncanny very often cause I’m Freud” (hah) o The uncanny deals in dread, horror, repulsion, distress
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o Scopophilia - desire to see and know more o Severed body parts, dolls, doubles, possession, body snatching, repetition, coincidence, fate, spirits, ghosts, demons, magic, insanity= all things Freud describes as uncanny (all match up with horror) o Art, such as short stories (and films), produce these uncanny moments Heimlich (the opposite of uncanny) o Belonging to the house o Not strange o Familiar o Intimate Uncanny does not equal unfamiliar Uncanny does not equal intellectual uncertainty alone o He is shooting down Noel Carrol and Ernst Jentsch o Getting used to the uncanny (or, as Carrol would say, having them confirmed); doesn’t think that intellectual uncertainty is enough Second definition of Heimlich o 1 st definition- belonging to the house, not strange, familiar, intimate o 2 nd definition- concealed, kept from sight, withheld from others Unheimlich is rarely the opposite of definition 2 It is only ever used to be the opposite of definition 1 o “Unheimlich is the name for everything that ought to have remained secret, but has come to light” - Fredrich Schelling It is so familiar, that you want to keep it a secret, but then it becomes unheimlich o Begins tracing specific examples, in order to bare out this inside outing (Heimlich becoming unheimlich) “This uncanny is in reality nothing new or alien, (like what Carrol would
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This note was uploaded on 04/11/2008 for the course MASS COMM 190 taught by Professor Levina during the Fall '08 term at Berkeley.

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