9780819567925-0819567922-Dying for a Laugh: Disaster Movies and the Camp Imagination

Dying for a Laugh: Disaster Movies and the Camp Imagination

ISBN-13: 9780819567925
ISBN-10: 0819567922
Edition: Annotated
Author: Feil, Ken
Publication date: 2006
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Format: Paperback 272 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780819567925
ISBN-10: 0819567922
Edition: Annotated
Author: Feil, Ken
Publication date: 2006
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Format: Paperback 272 pages

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Acknowledged authors Feil, Ken wrote Dying for a Laugh: Disaster Movies and the Camp Imagination comprising 272 pages back in 2006. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0819567922 and 9780819567925. Since then Dying for a Laugh: Disaster Movies and the Camp Imagination textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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Dying for a Laugh looks at the evolution of the contemporary disaster film from the 1970s to the present. Ken Feil argues that contemporary camp culture has influenced and reformed the conventions of the 1970s disaster film, in both its production and reception. The book chronicles how the genre rose to prominence, sank into critical and popular disrepute, and became unintentionally campy. Through close readings of films including The Poseidon Adventure, The Swarm, Ghostbusters, Independence Day, and Mars Attacks!, along with film reviews, entertainment reports and publicity materials as evidence, Feil shows that the renewal of the disaster genre in the 1990s hinged on self-parody, ironic self-consciousness, and state-of-the-art effects. Feil also looks at the impact of 9/11 on the genre's campy, sadistic pleasures through movies such as The Sum of All Fears, The Core, and The Day After Tomorrow. This analysis of "high concept camp" draws from diverse methodologies and theories, such as historical reception, textual analysis, neoformalism, political economy, genre analysis, feminism, and queer theory.

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