Piecing it together: genre frameworks in American Horror Story

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Scrutinizing narrative and aesthetic considerations, the chapter interrogates AHS in terms of genre boundaries and quotation, using Linda Williams arguments surrounding bodies and excess.
Using specific thematic, visual and narrative examples from episodes, the chapter argues for the programme as a melding of melodrama and horror as an explicitly intertextual practice, as part of the creators practice and as part of the fluid nature of texts dealing with horrific content on television.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReading American Horror Story
Subtitle of host publicationEssays on the television franchise
EditorsRebecca Janicker
Place of PublicationJefferson
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)978-1-4766-6352-4, 978-1-4766-2892-9
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2017


  • Genre
  • American Horror Story
  • Horror


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