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Gothic for GirlsMisty and British Comics$
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Julia Round

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781496824455

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2020

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496824455.001.0001

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Horror and Gothic in the 1970s

Horror and Gothic in the 1970s

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(p.108) Chapter 6 Horror and Gothic in the 1970s
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Gothic for Girls
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Julia Round

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496824455.003.0007

This chapter considers some of the possible influences on Misty, drawing links with other comics as well as a wider tradition of horror across multiple media in 1970s Britain. It explores the surrounding atmosphere of cultural horror, looking closely at the political context of 1970s Britain, which manifests in the presence of social commentary in Misty. It explores the large number of tales that revolve around animal rights, environmental issues, or social commentary (delinquency, poverty, and so forth). It then considers the surrounding atmosphere of British cultural and literary horror, with a particular focus on the horror and mystery stories being offered to children and shown on television and in schools. It argues that Misty’s stories are strongly influenced by the atmosphere of cultural horror emerging in Britain in the 1970s and particularly by ideas of transgression and punishment expressed in horror cinema and public information films.

Keywords:   Public information films, Cautionary tales, 1970s, horror movies, environmental

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