Horror and Its Uses in Culture, Media, and the Arts

Toney Frazier
Day/Time Taught: 
TR 9:30-10:45 am
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This course examines the concept of “horror” in its many forms and the ways in which horror has been used to achieve a variety of goals in areas as diverse as the arts, advertising, politics and religion. Students will be introduced to academic definitions and discussions of horror as it applies to varied realms of human behavior—from the psychology of horror as the basis for wartime propaganda and protest to horror as a stimulus for cathartic entertainment in popular literature and film.

Source materials examined may include historical reportage and journalism, literature (poetry and drama to popular fiction to graphic novels), visual arts (painting and sculpture to modern illustration and electronic media), film (both documentary and genre entertainment), television, advertising (political and religious rhetoric to Halloween commercials), and even fashion and product marketing.

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey

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