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Men, Manors and Monsters: The Hoodie Horror and the Cinema of Alterity

Flint-Nicol, Katerina (2018) Men, Manors and Monsters: The Hoodie Horror and the Cinema of Alterity. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, University of Kent,. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The central aim of this thesis is to establish and explore what this thesis titles, the Hoodie Horror cycle. Asserting the cycle began with Kidulthood (2006) and lasted for ten years, ending with the 2016 film, Brotherhood, this thesis argues the Hoodie Horror cycle is a male-centric collection of films that takes its cue from the contemporary figure of the Hoodie, whilst drawing extensively upon the motifs, concerns and iconography of the tradition of the social realist film. Central to the representations across the films is the abject. Not a psychoanalytical model of the abject, but rather a socio-cultural theory of social abjection. There are two main tenets to this research. First, this thesis determines the Hoodie as what Imogen Tyler would term, a national abject. Employing Tyler's paradigm of social abjection, this thesis examines both media and political rhetoric in the early years of the new millennium, establishing the Hoodie as a figure of neoliberal governmentality that seeks to demonise the underclass as a mechanism to gain public consensus for punitive penal measures and a decrease in welfare support. Secondly, an analysis of the films establishes the central iconography of the cycle, men, manors and monsters, whilst arguing the filmic strategies exploit the image and discourse of both the Hoodie and associative discourse of the council estate as stigmatised territory. Inspired by Tyler's theory of social abjection, the thesis asserts the employment of a socio-cultural model of abjection provides the platform for what this thesis conceptualises as the monstrous realism of the cycle. In so doing, the Hoodie Horror cycle can be situated in the histories of both the social realist text and the British horror film. Indeed, an overarching concern of this research is to assert how, in the Hoodie Horror film of the new millennium, horror is the new realism.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD))
Thesis advisor: Jeffers McDonald, Tamar
Thesis advisor: Cinquegrani, Maurizio
Uncontrolled keywords: Horror British social realism Film cycles Social Abjection Hoodie British cinema
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts
SWORD Depositor: System Moodle
Depositing User: System Moodle
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2019 12:11 UTC
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 08:46 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/71783 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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