A Cultural History

Book - 2006
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Fear -- the word, itself, conjures the appropriate response. With a dark cacophony of associations like fright, dread, horror, panic, alarm, anxiety, and terror, fear is universally understood as one of the most basic and powerful of human emotions, obtaining a nearly palpable and overwhelming substance in today's world.

In this groundbreaking book, acclaimed historian and prize-winning author Joanna Bourke covers the landscape of fear over the past two hundred years: From the nineteenth century dread of being buried alive -- a subject dear to the heart of Edgar Allen Poe -- to the current worry over being able to die when one chooses; from the diagnoses of phobias and anxieties produced by psychotherapists and lovingly catalogued, to the role of popular culture and media in inciting panic and dread;from the horrors of the nuclear age to the fear of twenty-first century terrorism, Fear tells the story of anguish in modern times.

A blend of social and cultural history with psychology, philosophy, and popular science, this astonishing book -- exhaustively researched and beautifully written -- offers strikingly original insights into the mind and worldview of the "long twentieth century" from one of the most brilliant scholars of our time.
Publisher: Emeryville, CA : Shoemaker Hoard : Distributed by Publishers Group West, 2006.
Edition: 1st Shoemaker & Hoard ed.
ISBN: 9781593761134
Branch Call Number: 152.4609034
Characteristics: xii, 500 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.


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Corey G Brooks Nov 10, 2014

"[I took interest] in this book, because a man named Eugene Jackson that conducts Bible study, where I reside" (Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries Mens Shelter) said, "God didn't give us the spirit of 'Fear'". I only got through the Introduction and Preface, but it gave way to environmental influence.


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