The Anthropology of Horror: Theoretical Challenges and Epistemological Potential

  • Marko Pišev

Abstract

From a disciplinary angle, horror could be viewed as a more imaginative,illegitimate brother of anthropology, or rather, its more poetic, kindred soul.Much like horror, the anthropological way of thinking is preoccupied by mattersof the alien, the otherworldly, the hidden and the marginal. The two angles ofviewing people and their world intersect in a number of common issues, startingwith questions of the body and embodiment, through the relationship betweenan individual and the community and the community toward otherness, to thebasic questions of people’s spiritual and posthumous lives. Yet, horror as a specificartistic genre has not been researched enough within an anthropologicalframework, perhaps because it offers artistic and not strictly scientific answersto questions posed by anthropology.In this thematic issue of Issues in Ethnology and Anthropology, for the firsttime in Serbian anthropology an opportunity arose to publish a collection ofscientific texts about the horror genre in one place. Authors who generouslysubmitted their papers for this thematic issue have shown that horror stories canbe interpreted in a number of ways which demand a degree of interdisciplinarity,but without ever leaving the familiar framework of the anthropological focus.However, the analysis of horror stories is not common within our discipline.Why is this?

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Published
2016-06-20
How to Cite
Pišev, Marko. 2016. “The Anthropology of Horror: Theoretical Challenges and Epistemological Potential”. Issues in Ethnology and Anthropology 11 (2), 322-25. https://eap-iea.org/index.php/eap/article/view/667.