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Playing funny games in the last house on the left: the uncanny and the ‘home invasion’ genre

Playing funny games in the last house on the left: the uncanny and the ‘home invasion’ genre

Fiddler, Michael ORCID: 0000-0002-0695-6770 (2013) Playing funny games in the last house on the left: the uncanny and the ‘home invasion’ genre. Crime, Media, Culture, 9 (3). pp. 281-299. ISSN 1741-6590 (Print), 1741-6604 (Online) (doi:10.1177/1741659013511833)

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Abstract

This article dredges the ‘reservoirs of dogma’ and ‘symbolic lagoons of social fears’ to locate the ‘home invasion’ film genre within its diachronic and synchronic contexts. As such, we will first situate these films as part of the historical tradition of Gothic literature. This allows us to unpack the ways in which the depictions of the ‘home’ and ‘homeliness’ in Gothic literature and the ‘home invasion’ genre problematise constructions of identity and category formation. Secondly, exploring the genre in its contemporaneous socio-cultural setting allows us to see how particular social traumas are manifest in popular culture. These dimensions are explored by focusing on three key examples and their subsequent remakes: The Last House on the Left, Straw Dogs and Funny Games.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] First published online: 9 December 2013. [2] Published in print: December 2013. [3] Published as: Crime Media Culture, (2013), Vol. 9, (3), pp. 281-299.
Uncontrolled Keywords: crime film, domestic space, home invasion, Other, uncanny
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
K Law > K Law (General)
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Humanities & Social Sciences
School of Humanities & Social Sciences > Department of Law & Criminology
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:24
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/10005

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