Maria H. Loh Horror

Lecturer in History of Art at University College London.

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The Special Affects of Early Modern Horror
Wednesday 9 March 2011
16:00-18:00, Senate House, Room 103


Every confrontation with horror is, in essence, a confrontation with the unknown. Forcing ourselves to look with critical attention at early modern representations of horror, this paper will push beyond the staid clichés about the Renaissance as a period of extraordinary beauty and order. Bringing together an abiding concern for what Noël Carroll identified as art-horror, what Slavoj Žižek referred to as the enjoyment of non-meaning, and what Linda Williams identified as the frenzy of the visible, we will turn instead to embrace a messier, murkier, experimental, and experiential (both an affective and sensate) history that focuses on the status of representation in a historical context before the Modernist imposition of Art and Science as twin systems of rationalization and containment.

Related: Maria H. Loh, ‘Outscreaming the Laocoön: Sensation, Special Affects, and the Moving Image’, in: Oxford Art Journal (2011) 34 (3), pp. 393-414.