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    Hand, Richard J. and Wilson, Michael 2012. Transatlantic Terror! French Horror Theater and American Pre-Code Comics. The Journal of Popular Culture, Vol. 45, Issue. 2, p. 301.


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The Grand-Guignol: Aspects of Theory and Practice

Abstract

The Théâtre du Grand-Guignol in Paris (1897–1962) achieved a legendary reputation as the ‘Theatre of Horror’, a venue displaying such explicit violence and blood-curdling terror that a resident doctor was employed to treat the numerous spectators who fainted each night. Indeed, the phrase ‘grand-guignolesque’ has entered the language to describe any display of heightened, remorseless horror. Such is the myth of the Grand-Guignol: the reality is subtler and far more complex.

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Clive Bloom , Gothic Horror (London: Methuen, 1998).

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Theatre Research International
  • ISSN: 0307-8833
  • EISSN: 1474-0672
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