Sick puppies and other unbecoming things

Johnson, Laurie (2001) Sick puppies and other unbecoming things. M/C Journal: A Journal of Media and Culture, 4 (3). ISSN 1441-2616


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This paper looks at John Carpenter's film The Thing in the context of why it so shocked audiences during its initial run in 1982. These reactions are considered alongside the AIDS phenomenon, although the film is not viewed as simply an AIDS analogue, especially since it was made before AIDS was first publicised. Using the work of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, I suggest that Carpenter's film captures in a biohorror genre frame the processes that Deleuze and Guattari call becoming and intensity.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: This article was first published in M/C Journal ( Deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Author retains copyright.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - No Department
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:59
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2013 05:21
Uncontrolled Keywords: Felix Guattari, Gilles Deleuze, John Carpenter, AIDS, The Thing, becoming, intensity, Howard Hawks, biohorror
Fields of Research : 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media > 190201 Cinema Studies
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200204 Cultural Theory
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200212 Screen and Media Culture

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