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The Descent

James Marriott

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733711
eISBN:
9781800342101
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733711.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The story of an all-female caving expedition gone horribly wrong, The Descent (2005) is arguably the best of the mid-2000s horror entries to return verve and intensity to the genre. Unlike its peers ... More


The Edge of Respectability

Erika Lorraine Milam

in Creatures of Cain

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780691181882
eISBN:
9780691185095
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691181882.003.0010
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter concerns the insights of Elaine Morgan, particularly in her 1972 book, The Descent of Woman. In this book, she argues that all theories of human evolution to date were based on a ... More


Foreword

Stephen Thrower

in Devil’s Advocates: The Descent

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733711
eISBN:
9781800342101
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733711.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This foreword comments on the book's close reading of Neil Marshall's The Descent (2005), which is a gem of accessible psychoanalytic film theory. What distinguishes it is the author's clarity of ... More


The Shock of the Old

James Marriott

in The Descent

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733711
eISBN:
9781800342101
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733711.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter discusses the lure of atavism in horror, and suggests where Neil Marshall's The Descent (2005) might fit in to this tradition. Horror recognises the allure of the past, figured variously ... More


Competitors

Samuel Guttenplan

in Objects of Metaphor

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780199280896
eISBN:
9780191602627
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199280894.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Three recent and important accounts of metaphor are discussed in detail. These are: Stern’s Demonstrative account, White’s Conflated Sentence account, and Fogelin’s Simile account. What is right and ... More


Prophets, Classics and Philosopher Kings

Richard Symonds

in Oxford and Empire: The Last Lost Cause?

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198203001
eISBN:
9780191675645
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203001.003.0003
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter examines the influence of the University of Oxford in the kind of imperialism which developed in Britain during the late 19th century. It suggests that imperialism can be best understood ... More


The Darwinian Conscience

Thomas Dixon

in The Invention of Altruism: Making Moral Meanings in Victorian Britain

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264263
eISBN:
9780191734816
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264263.003.0005
Subject:
History, History of Ideas

This chapter retells the story of Darwin, the moral theorist. Although Charles Darwin himself neither used nor explicitly resisted the language of altruism, many others, from the 1870s to the ... More


Darwin and the Making of Sexual Selection

Evelleen Richards

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226436906
eISBN:
9780226437064
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226437064.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This book offers the first comprehensive history of the formulation of Darwin’s principle of sexual selection. It locates Darwin's sources and conceptual pathways in their social and cultural ... More


Dark Wonder: Belowness, or the Ineffable Underground

Barbara Maria Stafford

in Ribbon of Darkness: Inferencing from the Shadowy Arts and Sciences

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780226630489
eISBN:
9780226630656
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226630656.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

We tend to associate wonder with the extension of the senses and the explosion of curiosity characteristic of the Scientific Revolution. This intellectual energy and optimism was connected to the ... More


Introduction

James Marriott

in The Descent

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733711
eISBN:
9781800342101
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733711.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This introductory chapter provides an overview of The Descent (Neil Marshall, 2005). By the end of the millennium, it was easy to think that horror was a spent force. But by the middle of the 2000s, ... More


The Descent

James Marriott

in The Descent

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733711
eISBN:
9781800342101
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733711.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter offers a detailed synopsis of Neil Marshall's The Descent (2005). This serves to clarify what actually happens (going by the reviews, the film has been for certain viewers a confusing ... More


Going Underground

James Marriott

in The Descent

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733711
eISBN:
9781800342101
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733711.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter looks at caves in and out of horror films, and asks which of several millennia-worth of cave associations are mobilised in Neil Marshall's The Descent (2005). Firstly, and perhaps most ... More


One Million Years Bc

James Marriott

in The Descent

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733711
eISBN:
9781800342101
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733711.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines what exactly the crawlers are, and compares them to cannibalistic cave-dwellers in everything from The Mole People (Virgil V. Vogel, 1956) to Ravenous (Antonia Bird, 1999). By ... More


Return to the Source

James Marriott

in The Descent

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733711
eISBN:
9781800342101
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733711.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter analyses the womb imagery permeating Neil Marshall's The Descent (2005), and asks what is so scary about being born. Representations of the cave as womb have a long and distinguished ... More


Chicks with Picks

James Marriott

in The Descent

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733711
eISBN:
9781800342101
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733711.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter assesses what difference it makes that Neil Marshall's party is women only, and investigates The Descent's contribution to the thorny issue of the representation of women in horror ... More


Nightmares in a Damaged Brain

James Marriott

in The Descent

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733711
eISBN:
9781800342101
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733711.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter addresses Sarah's mental health and finds it distinctly lacking, leading to a discussion of why mad women are different from mad men in the movies. Much of Neil Marshall's The Descent ... More


Family

James Marriott

in The Descent

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733711
eISBN:
9781800342101
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733711.003.0010
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter explores which films Neil Marshall was watching while he wrote The Descent. Neil Marshall has in various interviews cited Deliverance (John Boorman, 1972), Alien (Ridley Scott, 1979), ... More


Conclusion

James Marriott

in The Descent

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733711
eISBN:
9781800342101
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733711.003.0011
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter summarises the principle theories applied to the reading of Neil Marshall's The Descent (2005), placing them in the context of the genre's efficacy at addressing the compulsion to ... More


The politics of loss: melancholy cosmopolitanism

Susan Watkins

in Doris Lessing

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719074813
eISBN:
9781781703274
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719074813.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

What must strike any reader of Doris Lessing's 1962 novel, The Golden Notebook, is the extent to which its protagonist, AnnaWulf, has been affected by the experience of loss. Anna's attempt to ... More


From Eve to Evolution: Darwin, Science, and Women's Rights in Gilded Age America

Kimberly A. Hamlin

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780226134611
eISBN:
9780226134758
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226134758.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

From Eve to Evolution analyzes the U.S. reception of Charles Darwin through the lens of gender and provides the first full-length study of women’s responses to evolutionary theory. Raised on the ... More


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