Images of Anxiety

By Michaela Wuensch.

Published by The International Journal of the Image

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The following article deals with cinematic techniques which provide feelings of the uncanny that are used in horror films, particularly in the stalker film, Halloween (USA 1978, R: John Carpenter). The concrete device of framing will first be situated in the context of medial technology and mediality. Distinctions will then be made between the uncanny and anxiety with regard to the effects of framing, especially in relation to the objects within the frame and the specific status of the frame. The final part of the article will contextualise this discussion in relation to the concept of “Whiteness”, understood as an object of anxiety, and its application to the figure of the serial killer.

Keywords: Film, Anxiety, Psychoanalysis, Whiteness

The International Journal of the Image, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp.83-92. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 532.154KB).

Dr. Michaela Wuensch

Assistent Professor / Universitätsassistentin, Department of Theatre, Film and Media, University Vienna, Vienna, Austria

Wuensch studied Cultural Studies and Gender Studies at the Humboldt University Berlin (Germany). The title of her published dissertation is “The Excluded Interiour. The Serial Killer as a Medium of the Unconscious”. After finishing her PhD in 2008, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Jan van Eyck Academie (Netherlands) and the Institute for Cultural Inquiry Berlin. She taught at the University of California in Riverside, in Bochum, Graz, Braunschweig and Vienna, recentely as Visiting Professor at the University Vienna.