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The Ovidian locus terribilis in contemporary crime and horror drama

By: Joyce, Dr Laura Ellen

Part of the Imagines - Classical Receptions in the Visual and Performing Arts series
1474294669 / 9781474294669
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United Kingdom
24 cm 272 pages : illustrations (black and white)
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Why are contemporary crime dramas so often filmed in lush settings?

From the supernatural woodland of Twin Peaks and The Blair Witch Project, to the haunting bayous of True Detective, landscape takes a starring role.

Lakes are particularly dangerous and recur time and again in crime drama, most recently in New Zealand's Top of the Lake, Karen Fossum's Girl by the Lake, French film Stranger by the Lake, and British crime film Eden Lake.

This volume asks what it is that draws our narrative imaginations so compellingly towards crime dramas that take place in unspoilt, sublime locations.

Beginning with Ovid's most striking poetic special effect, the locus terribilis, which uses stunning, natural locations as the setting for violence, the book traces his influence and asks what this particular contrast has to tell us about our relationship to our landscapes, our bloody colonial histories, and our current ecological fears.

Laura Joyce offers a fresh perspective on contemporary crime television and cinema using the lens of classical, and specifically Ovidian, reception.


APFA Film theory & criticism, DB Classical texts, DSBB Literary studies: classical, early & medieval

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