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The reaction of society to different manifestations of Otherness

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journal COMUNICAZIONI SOCIALI
section Open Access
title The reaction of society to different manifestations of Otherness
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publisher Vita e Pensiero
format Article | Pdf
online since 02-2015
issn 03928667 (print) | 18277969 (digital)
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The presence of monstrosity and deformity remains a constant theme in the history of cinema1, from its origins up to contemporary times. Different genres, from horror to sci-fi, from fantasy to drama, have been involved with the most extreme declination of “otherness” and, even if the means of representation can vary, depending on time and artistic currents, the monster generally becomes a mirror of society's anxieties: through the encounter with its Other and dark side, the world reflects its mistakes, goes through a catharsis, more or less violent, and seeks for a firm point to control its unsteadiness. The purpose of this paper is to trace a partial history of the evolution of the figure of the monster through different cinematographic eras, with particular attention to those situations in which the relationship between normalcy and otherness is subverted. Since the width of the topic is more than considerable, the choice made here is to focus on lesser known operas, genres and authors, omitting those examples which have been already broadly investigated by film studies.

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