Boundary Crossing and Cultural Creation: Transgressive Horror and Politics of the 1990s

  • Coco d’Hont


This chapter explores transgressive horror: a type of horror that crosses the boundaries that shape social order, not to destroy them but to critically interrogate them. It focuses on American transgressive horror of the 1990s, a decade during which horror studies, as well as gender and queer studies, gained prominence as academic disciplines. Not coincidentally, transgressive horror uses the violated body as a metaphorical space to interrogate the boundaries between high and low culture, mind and matter, and fiction and reality. Authors such as Bret Easton Ellis, Poppy Z. Brite, and Mark Z. Danielewski use familiar horror tropes, including the serial killer, the vampire, and the haunted house to analyze gender and sexuality as social constructions and draw connections between mainstream and margins.


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