New PDF release: Cannibalism in Literature and Film

By Jennifer Brown

ISBN-10: 0230360513

ISBN-13: 9780230360518

From pictures of stewed missionaries to Hannibal Lecter's hiss, cannibals have intrigued whereas evoking horror and repulsion. The label of cannibal has been used all through background to denigrate a given person or crew. by way of interpreting who's labelled cannibal at any given time, we will comprehend the fears, prejudices, approved norms and taboos of society at the moment. From the cannibal in colonial literature, to the belief of local Gothic and the hillbilly cannibal, to serial killers, this ebook examines works through writers and administrators together with Joseph Conrad, H. Rider Haggard, Thomas Harris, Bret Easton Ellis, Cormac McCarthy, Wes Craven, and Tim Burton. It explores questions of cultural id and otherness within the glossy interval, providing an enormous and unique exam of cultural norms and fears near to nationwide, financial, linguistic, and sexual id. Amidst the pointy tooth and awful urge for food of the cannibal, the booklet examines genuine fears of over-consumerism and intake that difficulty an ever-growing glossy global.

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The cannibals in these tales are seen to be in need of education, civilization, and salvation from their barbarous ways. As the empire reached its zenith and tales of imperial atrocities, such as the Boer War and Leopold II’s brutality in Congo, became common knowledge, cannibalism fulfilled a different role. In Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, cannibalism is a reflection of the West’s voracity, and the question of who is civilized and who is savage is starting to be asked. Indeed, I view Conrad’s work as a site of change in the colonial cannibal’s position.

Conrad himself was a hybrid, marginal man, living in two worlds, in both of which he was a stranger. Therefore he needed to fashion an identity from a medley of competing demands and allegiances. Conrad’s family were exiled from Poland to Russia and he was orphaned at 11. He was encouraged to blame his sufferings on ‘the aggressive intrusion of a foreign state into a coherent community’ (McClure 85). The powers of empire determined the fate of his family and homeland and his early sufferings because of this imperialism and unjust states of affairs inspired his later writings.

Later colonial novelists would pit English national identity and sense of empire against its savage subjects in an attempt to show the necessity and advantage of imperialism – those same advantages that Crusoe imposed on Friday. M. Ballantyne and H. M. Ballantyne’s The Coral Island (1893) and H. Rider Haggard’s She (1887). The Coral Island sees three boys exploring South Pacific islands. It is a novel for children, extolling Christianity and ideas of expanding the empire in which the Christian English-man is shown to be superior to the natives.

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