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ReFocus: The Films of Doris Wishman$
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Alicia Kozma and Finley Freibert

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781474482349

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474482349.001.0001

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“You can’t say you’re not gettinga horror film here!”: Authorship,Genre, and the AccidentalAvant-Garde in Doris Wishman’s

“You can’t say you’re not gettinga horror film here!”: Authorship,Genre, and the AccidentalAvant-Garde in Doris Wishman’s

A Night to Dismember

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(p.159) Chapter 9 “You can’t say you’re not gettinga horror film here!”: Authorship,Genre, and the AccidentalAvant-Garde in Doris Wishman’s
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ReFocus: The Films of Doris Wishman
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Jamie Hook

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474482349.003.0010

This chapter considers the question of authorship in A Night to Dismember—a film commonly downplayed in Wishman’s oeuvre due to its stilted production and post-production history—and concludes that the film is quintessentially a Wishman film despite its critical denigration. Considering the film through three lenses—as a Wishman film and its attendant engagement with the hallmarks of her earlier filmography; as a piece of paracinematic horror that draws on/departs from trends of the contemporaneous slasher cycle; and, as an accidental evocation of avant-garde aesthetics—the chapter demonstrates indicates the impracticality of ever fully disentangling its respective authorial and generic influences.

Keywords:   Paracinema, Horror Film, Authorship in Horror, Avant-garde aesthetics, Women horror directors

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