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ISBN13: 9780374223014
ISBN10: 0374223017
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An exciting new work, richly illustrated, on the age-old images and stories about frightening men.In this provocative new work, Marina Warner goes beyond the terrain she covered in her widely praised From the Beast to the Blonde. She explores the darker, wilder realm where ogres and giants devour children, where bogeymen haunt the night and each of us must face our bugaboos. No Go the Bogeyman considers the enduring presence and popularity of figures of male terror, establishing their origins in mythology and their current relation to ideas about sexuality and power, youth and age.Songs, stories, images, and films about frightening monsters have always been invented to allay the very terrors that our dreams of reason conjure up. Warner shows how these images and stories, while they may unfold along different lines--scaring, lulling, or making mock-always have the strategic, simultaneous purpose of both arousing and controlling the underlying fear. In a brilliant analysis of material long overlooked by cultural critics, historians, and even psychologists, Warner revises our understanding of storytelling in contemporary culture, of masculine identity, racial stereotyping, and the dangerous, unthinking ways we perpetuate the bogeyman.

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The author of "From the Beast to the Blond" considers the enduring presence and popularity of figures of male terror, establishing their origins in mythology and their current relation to ideas about sexuality and power, youth and age. 100 illustrations. 30 color plates.

About the Author

Marina Warner is the author of novels and short stories as well as works of nonfiction. Her most recent books include From the Beast to the Blonde (FSG, 1995) and Wonder Tales (FSG, 1996). She lives in London.

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crowyhead, October 31, 2007 (view all comments by crowyhead)
Why do we love being scared? What purpose does the bogeyman serve in our societies? This study of the bogeyman and other beasts who go bump in the night is fascinating, highly readable, and erudite.
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calicocat55, May 17, 2006 (view all comments by calicocat55)
I enjoyed the depth she goes in exploring and explaining what we think we already know.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780374223014
Subtitle:
Scaring, Lulling, and Making Mock
Author:
Warner, Marina
Author:
Warner, Marina
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
Folklore
Subject:
Emotions
Subject:
Fine Arts
Subject:
Horror
Subject:
Fear
Subject:
Themes, motives
Subject:
Ghouls and ogres.
Subject:
Folklore -- Psychological aspects.
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Edition Description:
American
Publication Date:
19990216
Binding:
HC
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
435
Dimensions:
9.43x6.52x1.76 in. 1.81 lbs.

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Humanities » Mythology » Mens

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Product details 435 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374223014 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The author of "From the Beast to the Blond" considers the enduring presence and popularity of figures of male terror, establishing their origins in mythology and their current relation to ideas about sexuality and power, youth and age. 100 illustrations. 30 color plates.
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