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Trauma – childhood – History: The Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth

Keith McDonald

Keith McDonald holds a PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London, UK, and is the Head of Programme for Media, Film Studies and Mass Communications at York St John University, UK. His research interests include popular culture, cult cinema and digital media. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Roger Clark

Roger Clark taught literature and film in UK Universities for over thirty years and has published on contemporary fiction and film. He was Senior Lecturer in Literature Studies at York St John University, UK, where he is currently Honorary Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Guillermo del Toro : Film as Alchemic Art

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...This chapter considers del Toro’s political horror films: The Devil’s Backbone (El Espinazo del Diablo) and Pan’s Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno). If Cronos brought an alchemic touch to the vampire movie, re-politicizing the genre in its...

Fan as Film-maker

Keith McDonald

Keith McDonald holds a PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London, UK, and is the Head of Programme for Media, Film Studies and Mass Communications at York St John University, UK. His research interests include popular culture, cult cinema and digital media. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Roger Clark

Roger Clark taught literature and film in UK Universities for over thirty years and has published on contemporary fiction and film. He was Senior Lecturer in Literature Studies at York St John University, UK, where he is currently Honorary Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Guillermo del Toro : Film as Alchemic Art

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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... and growth. Clark and McDonald write:Pan’s Labyrinth seems to attest to the need for fiction when human monstrosity, as represented by the Spanish fascists, is encountered. For Ofelia, the fantasy world of fairy tale and the labyrinth offers...

Gothic Superheroes: Blade II, Hellboy and Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Keith McDonald

Keith McDonald holds a PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London, UK, and is the Head of Programme for Media, Film Studies and Mass Communications at York St John University, UK. His research interests include popular culture, cult cinema and digital media. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Roger Clark

Roger Clark taught literature and film in UK Universities for over thirty years and has published on contemporary fiction and film. He was Senior Lecturer in Literature Studies at York St John University, UK, where he is currently Honorary Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Guillermo del Toro : Film as Alchemic Art

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...Writing in 2002, the year in which Blade II appeared, John Whately summarized the then relation of the Gothic to high culture in the following way:The status of the Gothic text has then always been problematic; a form that is denied yet...

Accented Fantasy and the Gothic Perverse

Keith McDonald

Keith McDonald holds a PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London, UK, and is the Head of Programme for Media, Film Studies and Mass Communications at York St John University, UK. His research interests include popular culture, cult cinema and digital media. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Roger Clark

Roger Clark taught literature and film in UK Universities for over thirty years and has published on contemporary fiction and film. He was Senior Lecturer in Literature Studies at York St John University, UK, where he is currently Honorary Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Guillermo del Toro : Film as Alchemic Art

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...This chapter further interrogates Guillermo del Toro’s relationship with two key areas of screen studies: transnationalism and Queer cinema. We situate del Toro in the context of contemporary transnational cinema, both as an exilic...

Twisted Genres: Cronos and Mimic

Keith McDonald

Keith McDonald holds a PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London, UK, and is the Head of Programme for Media, Film Studies and Mass Communications at York St John University, UK. His research interests include popular culture, cult cinema and digital media. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Roger Clark

Roger Clark taught literature and film in UK Universities for over thirty years and has published on contemporary fiction and film. He was Senior Lecturer in Literature Studies at York St John University, UK, where he is currently Honorary Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Guillermo del Toro : Film as Alchemic Art

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...This chapter considers del Toro’s first two feature films, Cronos and Mimic, as case studies of his approach to the horror genre and as early examples of his artistic sensibilities. The modes of production of these two films are radically...

Introduction

Keith McDonald

Keith McDonald holds a PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London, UK, and is the Head of Programme for Media, Film Studies and Mass Communications at York St John University, UK. His research interests include popular culture, cult cinema and digital media. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Roger Clark

Roger Clark taught literature and film in UK Universities for over thirty years and has published on contemporary fiction and film. He was Senior Lecturer in Literature Studies at York St John University, UK, where he is currently Honorary Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Guillermo del Toro : Film as Alchemic Art

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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... towards neat, optimistic closure which is informed by a belief in a manifest destiny mentality. Spielberg’s tendency for last-act depictions of the triumph of good over evil and closure is well documented (McDonald 2002), and for some...

From Development Hell to the Pacific Depths: The Strain and Pacific Rim

Keith McDonald

Keith McDonald holds a PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London, UK, and is the Head of Programme for Media, Film Studies and Mass Communications at York St John University, UK. His research interests include popular culture, cult cinema and digital media. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Roger Clark

Roger Clark taught literature and film in UK Universities for over thirty years and has published on contemporary fiction and film. He was Senior Lecturer in Literature Studies at York St John University, UK, where he is currently Honorary Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Guillermo del Toro : Film as Alchemic Art

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...The period between 2008 and 2013, the end of which marks the appearance of del Toro’s next film as a director, Pacific Rim, was characterized by an almost feverish stream of projects that did not materialize or were shelved. We discuss...

Influences and Intertexts

Keith McDonald

Keith McDonald holds a PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London, UK, and is the Head of Programme for Media, Film Studies and Mass Communications at York St John University, UK. His research interests include popular culture, cult cinema and digital media. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Roger Clark

Roger Clark taught literature and film in UK Universities for over thirty years and has published on contemporary fiction and film. He was Senior Lecturer in Literature Studies at York St John University, UK, where he is currently Honorary Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Guillermo del Toro : Film as Alchemic Art

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...This chapter represents an attempt to document some of the enormously varied filmic, literary and visual material that has contributed to the evolution of del Toro’s art. This evolving process might be dubbed (pace Harold Bloom) the ecstasy...