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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre$
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James Rose

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781906733643

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906733643.001.0001

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The Uncanny

The Uncanny

(p.89) The Uncanny
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

James Rose

Liverpool University Press

This chapter studies the concept of ‘the uncanny’ in relation to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974). Throughout The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, elements of the Gothic have made themselves clearly manifest: the haunted house, the monster, and sustained persecution. These tropes have provided contexts with which to address the film's content and have exposed potential readings of the text which, in the final analysis, concentrically draw themselves towards a greater concept — the uncanny. The concept and occurrences of the uncanny not only forms the background to the Gothic genre but functions as the very modus operandi of many Gothic texts. With such a concept dominating the Gothic, its application to The Texas Chain Saw can be used to not only consolidate the proposition that the film is itself a Gothic text but, more, to draw the prior readings together and unify them in an effort to formalise a clear reading of Tobe Hooper's film.

Keywords:   uncanny, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Gothic genre, Gothic texts, Tobe Hooper

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