Horror, the Tax-shelter Era, and Early Cronenberg
Watch Rabid (David Cronenberg, 1977) (this film is available on Kanopy), then write a concise critical response (150-200 words, excluding works cited) linking the reading(s) for this week (Beard, Carroll, Taylor) to this film. (See general course documents for more detailed instructions on reading response assignments).
- What political readings can we see in this film? Comment on these. (For example, some commentators connect the plot of Rabid to the events of the October Crisis in Québec only a few years earlier).
- Do you agree with BEARD’s assessment of CRONENBERG? Why/why not?
- Discuss the “Canadianness” of this film and its place in Canadian film history.
- How might Rabid correspond (or not) to CARROLL’s understanding of horror?
Beard, William. “The Canadianness of David Cronenberg.” Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature (1994): 113-133.
Carroll, Noël. “The Nature of Horror.” The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 46.1 (1987): 51-59. (If you are interested in reading Carroll’s expanded analysis of horror, see his subsequent book The Philosophy of Horror, which is available online at the MacOdrum library).
Taylor, Aaron. “Blood in the Maple Syrup: Canon, Popular Genre and the Canuxploitation of Julian Roffman.” CineAction 61 (Feb 2003): 18-28.
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