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Cannibalism in Literature and Film

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. Jennifer Brown
      Pages 1-14
  3. Mr Cannibal I Presume? The Colonial Cannibal

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Jennifer Brown
      Pages 31-53
  4. Yeehaw! The Regional Cannibal

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
  5. Cannibals in Our Midst: The City Cannibal

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. Jennifer Brown
      Pages 153-169
    3. Jennifer Brown
      Pages 170-214
  6. Conclusion

    1. Jennifer Brown
      Pages 215-233
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 234-258

About this book


A comprehensive study of cannibalism in literature and film, spanning colonial fiction, Gothic texts and contemporary American horror. Amidst the sharp teeth and horrific appetite of the cannibal, this book examines real fears of over-consumerism and consumption that trouble an ever-growing modern world.


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About the authors

JENNIFER BROWN completed her PhD in English literature in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland in 2010. She has been a teacher of English language and literature for nine years, teaching in Ireland, Spain and Italy. She has presented at the International Gothic Association conference and published reviews with the Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies.

Bibliographic information


"Brown's text usefully removes the study of cannibalism from the dominance of low cultural and low budget texts, and refreshingly exposes the permeability of the concept by mapping its appearance in high, middle and low cultural environs. By combining three centuries of cannibalistic depictions, Brown charts an expansive history which ultimately acts as a valuable entrance point in the study of the fictional cannibal. The correlation Brown finds between the cannibal's portrayal and the cultural, political, religious and geographical othering of certain peoples by the dominant Western media is hard to ignore; in short, Brown's book is an important

addition to the broader scholarly canon." - Crime, Media Culture (2015)