Turning Dark Pages and Transacting with the Inner Self: Adolescents’ Perspectives of Reading Horror Texts

  • Phil Fitzsimmons


Arising out of a series of ethnographic studies, this chapter provides a data-based theoretical overview of the reasons why several cohorts of adolescent students engaged with the reading of horror text types. The results of this methodological approach reveal that, while horror is an immersive force in adolescents’ “contexts of culture,” connecting with horror for these adolescents is a means of moving towards understanding self and the frameworks of their “social imaginary.” While engaged in reading horror for enjoyment, this immersive process engenders a reflexive transaction with these texts. Realizing that horror texts “transgress boundaries, and disrupt the norm,” it also seems that transacting with horror is a means by which they seek to come to grips with other existential aspects, such as empathy and hope.


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  • Phil Fitzsimmons
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  1. 1.Avondale College of Higher EducationCooranbongAustralia

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