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The abject and the sinister in body horror. A psychoanalytic and affective perspective.

Abstract in spanish

This article studies the film genre of body horror from the categories of the abject and sinister in relation to the image and technical elements of cinema. David Lynch's The Elephant Man (1980) and David Cronenberg's The Fly (1986) are used as a source of analysis. The categories of the abject and the sinister will trace the intimate relationship that exists between the spectator and the film genre, giving the opportunity for an analysis that revolves around psychoanalytical and affective perspectives. The physical resignation of the abject will reveals qualities that the human desires to forget, while the sinister will emerge from the ignorance of the body itself.


Keywords: body horror,abject,sinister,David Lynch,David Cronenberg.
Author: Tania Martínez Labra. Profesora de Artes Visuales, magíster en Estudios de la Imagen por la Universidad Alberto Hurtado. Cabe destacar que este artículo es parte de la tesis “El horror corporal en las películas El hombre elefante y La mosca” (Martínez, 2021) para optar al Magíster en Estudios de la Imagen de la Universidad Alberto Hurtado, cuyo objetivo es estudiar las principales características del horror corporal a partir de diferentes dimensiones.
Received: July 26th, 2022, Accepted: October 26th, 2022
Revista de Antropología Visual - número 30 - Santiago, 2022 -1/16 pp.- ISSN 2452-5189