Honors College

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Honors Thesis

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My project explores the genre of Western contemporary horror films, with a focus on the way technological communication devices—the telephone, internet-connected computer, and the television—are given a life of their own and rendered maleficent. By staging the anxieties and ambivalences we as a society feel towards our technological prostheses alongside classic Victorian Gothic motifs, the films I analyze force us to confront ancient tensions through a 21st Century lens.