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Extreme horror fiction and the neoliberalism of the 1980s: Splatterpunk, radical art, and the killing of the collective society

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posted on 2020-05-14, 19:22 authored by Michael R DudaMichael R Duda

Splatterpunk was a short-lived, but explosive horror literary movement birthed in the 1980’s that utilized graphic depictions of violence in its prose. Drawing parallels to other subversive and radical art movements like Dada and Hardcore Punk, this paper examines through a Marxist lens how Splatterpunk, influenced by the destructive nature of 1980’s neoliberalism, reflected the violence, categorized as direct and structural, of its period of creation and used extreme vulgarity as an act of rebellion against traditional horror canon.


Degree Type

  • Master of Arts


  • English

Campus location

  • Hammond

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Dr. Jesse Cohn

Additional Committee Member 2

Dr. Dennis Barbour

Additional Committee Member 3

Dr. Mark Mabrito