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Hinterlands and SPAs: Folk Horror and Neoliberal Desolation

Edgar, Robert ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3483-8605 (2023) Hinterlands and SPAs: Folk Horror and Neoliberal Desolation. In: Edgar, Robert ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3483-8605 and Johnson, Wayne, (eds.) The Routledge Companion to Folk Horror. Routledge

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Through analyses of contemporary literature and cinema this chapter argues for a specific form of landscape that is neither rural nor urban but forms a category in its own right - hinterlands. These are post-industrial landscapes where the forces of capital have shaped them and attracted a workforce who have then put down roots only for finance to be withdrawn. This leads to a cycle of perpetual decay. Following the four aspects of the Folk Horror chain the chapter identifies how these post-industrial landscapes are ‘sparsely populated area’ where economic isolation leads to a skewed belief system. However unlike traditional Folk Horror texts summoning never happens as the rituals that are followed are everyday drudgery.

Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
School/Department: School of Humanities
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/9242

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