Jordan Peele's Get Out: Political Horror (New Suns: Race, Gender, and Sexuality) (Paperback)

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By Dawn Keetley (Editor)
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Jordan Peele’s Get Out: Political Horror is a collection of sixteen essays devoted to exploring Get Out’s roots in the horror tradition and its complex and timely commentary on twenty-first-century US race relations. The first section, “The Politics of Horror,” traces the influence of the gothic and horror tradition on Peele’s film, from Shakespeare’s Othello, through the female gothic and Ira Levin’s Rosemary’s Baby and The Stepford Wives, to the modern horror film, including the zombie, rural, suburban, and body-swap subgenres of horror. The second section, “The Horror of Politics,” takes up Get Out’s varied political interventions—notably its portrayal of the continuation of slavery and the deformation of the black body and mind in white, so-called progressive America. Contributors address Peele’s film alongside African American figures such as Nat Turner, W. E. B. Du Bois, and James Baldwin. Taken together, the essays illuminate how Get Out stands as both a groundbreaking intervention in the horror tradition as well as a devastating unmasking of racism in the contemporary United States.

About the Author

Dawn Keetley is Professor of English at Lehigh University. She is the author of Making a Monster: Jesse Pomeroy, the Boy Murderer of 1870s Boston and co-editor of Plant Horror: Approaches to the Monstrous Vegetal in Fiction and Film.

Praise For…

“The book provides a comprehensive analysis and a framework for understanding Get Out. Just when I thought, ‘Okay, we’ve now seen every way we could approach this film,’ the next essay would reframe it in a new way that made me think and then rethink.” —Kevin J. Wetmore Jr.

“I find many of the chapters highly enlightening and compelling. They offer insight into the film as well as American sociopolitical culture in general.” —Maisha Wester

Product Details
ISBN: 9780814255803
ISBN-10: 0814255809
Publisher: Ohio State University Press
Publication Date: April 14th, 2020
Pages: 254
Language: English
Series: New Suns: Race, Gender, and Sexuality