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John Ajvide Lindqvist's little star: Gothic horror as remediation of video nasties
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies (from 2013). (KuFo)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8060-2025
2018 (English)In: Gothic Studies, ISSN 1362-7937, E-ISSN 2050-456X, Vol. 20, no 1, p. 77-94Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist's Gothic-horror novel Little Star (2010) graphic violence has a central function - thematically, but primarily as an aesthetic device. The plot contains motifs from classical video nasties, motifs that also have an effect on the text itself. This paper examines the novel's use of extremely violent scenes, influenced by violent horror films, defining them as a kind of remediation. One point being made is that the use of violent effects, often described as a kind of spectacle, can be interpreted as a formal play upon the conventions of violent fiction.

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Manchester University Press, 2018. Vol. 20, no 1, p. 77-94
Keywords [en]
Aesthetics of violence, John Ajvide Lindqvist, Nordic Gothic, Remediation
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Languages and Literature
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Comparative Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-69069DOI: 10.7227/GS.0036ISI: 000455706000005Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85050458341OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-69069DiVA, id: diva2:1245642
Available from: 2018-09-05 Created: 2018-09-05 Last updated: 2019-02-14Bibliographically approved

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