No Go the Bogeyman: Scaring, Lulling, and Making Mock ePUB

No Go the Bogeyman: Scaring, Lulling, and Making Mock ePUB No Go the Bogeyman considers the enduring presence and popularity of figures of male terror, establishing their origins in mythology and their current relation to ideas about sexuality and power, youth and age Songs, stories, images, and films about frightening monsters have always been invented to allay the very terrors that our sleep of reason conjures up Warner shows how these images and stories, while they may unfold along different lines scaring, lulling, or making mock have the strategic simultaneous purpose of both arousing and controlling the underlying fear In analysis of material long overlooked by cultural critics, historians, and even psychologists, Warner revises our understanding of storytelling in our contemporary culture She asks us to reconsider the unintended consequences of our age old, outmoded notions about masculine identity and about racial stereotyping, and warns us of the dangerous, unthinking ways we perpetuate the bogeyman


10 thoughts on “No Go the Bogeyman: Scaring, Lulling, and Making Mock

  1. Jess Jess says:

    So, hrm, slightlyorganized than From the Beast to the Blonde, but still mostly reads like I did some research on these sources, let s cram them all into a book somehow The section on fighting fear with humor, for example, was about Circe, giants, and bananas So, yeah.


  2. Anna From Gustine Anna From Gustine says:

    Ugh I really worked hard on this book I chose to read it because it was supposed to explore within mythology and storytelling our age old, outmoded notions about masculine identity and about racial stereotyping, and warns us of the dangerous, unthinking ways we perpetuate the bogeyman Does it I don t know I read at least 250 pages tha


  3. Vasha7 Vasha7 says:

    No Go the Bogeyman is a disquisition on the emotion of fear, from a point of view at the intersection of psychology with folklore and mythology I might almost have said it s psychoanalytic, but that would be misleading, since Warner is no fan of Freud she thinks his storytelling is much too limiting, too culturally blinkered She does find s


  4. Marc Nash Marc Nash says:

    3.5 stars in actuality, but I d rather veer on the 4 than the 3 because there is good stuff here, just you have to trawl through a lot to uncover it.Divided into 3 parts, bogeyman, lulling and making mock, the book studies the cultural history of monsters bogeymen based around our infantile primitive fears round food both hunger and the fear of bei


  5. Sulis Sulis says:

    A great look at the things that go bump, and the way these primal fears are dealt with in story, song, and rhyme There s a great section that deals almost entirely with the imagery of eating and stories of cannibalism From there, Warner discusses lullabies, their function for both mother and child, and the numerous reasons so many traditional lullabies se


  6. Rachel Remer Rachel Remer says:

    Took me some time to finish this book Apparently while I love fairy tales and learning about them I have significantly less attachment to the monsters of storytelling There is a lot of good information in this book and I particularly liked the making mock section Warners thoughts on fear and the varied human reactions to it were thought provoking I learned a gre


  7. Lynley Lynley says:

    A non fiction book written by a fiction writer makes for a good read.


  8. Kate Kate says:

    Fascinating study into fear and the way it s handled throughout history, in myriad forms The first two sections scaring and lulling are a little stronger than the third, making mock, but the whole thing is nonetheless fascinating.Re read as a writing reference.


  9. Deborah Deborah says:

    This is a re read but confirms how much I love this far reaching compendium of the many ways we scare and soothe ourselves through our stories, songs, and lore The section on lullabies alone is worth the read


  10. Norman Howe Norman Howe says:

    An exhausting study of the psychological background of the Boogie Man and other mythical entities I cannot understand how such interesting characters can be made to seem so dull


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