Horror “After Theory”
Building on accounts offered by Judith Ryan and Nicholas Dames, Enright explores the ways in which Paul Tremblay’s novel, A Head Full of Ghosts, helps situate the horror genre within conversations about literature “after” literary theory. This chapter demonstrates that Tremblay comes alongside a number of other authors included in what Dames terms the “theory generation,” authors who make theory part of the content of their novels and thus comment on the still-evolving relationship between literature and literary studies. Enright shows that Tremblay uniquely implicates horror fiction as part of this conversation, drawing renewed attention to the historical relationship between the horror genre and postmodernism.
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