Possible Topics for the Research Essay:

Related Television and Film:


20,000 Thousand Leagues under the Sea, dir. Richard Fleischer

Interview with a Vampire, dir. Neil Jordan

Alien series, dir. Ridley Scott

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956, 1978)

American History X, dir. Tony Kaye

Jack the Ripper, dir. Jess Franco

American Psycho, dir. Mary Harron

Jarhead, dir. Sam Mendes

The Big Sleep, dir. Howard Hawks

Jaws series, dir. Steven Spielberg

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Film and Television Series)

King Kong (1933, 1976, 2005)

Cannibals and Carnivals (1918)

Living Dead series, dir. George Romero

C.H.U.D. (“Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers”)

Man With a Golden Arm, dir. Otto Preminger

Clockwork Orange, dir. Stanley Kubrick

No Blade of Grass, dir. Cornel Wilde

Crash, Naked Lunch, or any other Cronenberg film

Parents, dir. Bob Balaban

Cronos, dir. Guillermo del Toro

Pirates of the Caribbean series, dir. Gore Verbinski

Cujo, dir. Lewis Teague

Reefer Madness (1936, 2004)

Delicatessen, dir. Gilles Adrien

Rocky Horror Picture Show, dir. Jim Sharman

Deliverance

Serial Mom, John Waters

Dracula, dir. Francis Ford Coppola / Wes Craven / Todd Browning

Seven, dir. David Fincher

Eating Raoul, dir. Paul Bartel

The Shining, dir. Stanley Kubrick

The End of the Spear, dir. Jim Hanon

Silence of the Lambs, Jonathan Demme

The Exorcist, dir. William Friedkin

Sin City, dir. Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller

Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!  dir. Russ Meyer

Sopranos, Dexter, or Oz Series, HBO

Fight Club, dir. David Fincher

Soylent Green, dir. Richard Fleischer

Flow: For Love of Water, dir. Irena Salina.

Suddenly Last Summer, dir. Joseph Mankiewicz (Tennessee Williams)

Freeway, dir. Matthew Bright (adaptation of Little Red Riding Hood)

Sweeney Todd, dir. Tim Burton

Frenzy, Rope, Virago, Psycho, Marnie, The Birds, or other Hitchcock flicks

The Story of Stuff, dir. Annie Leonard

Fried Green Tomatoes, dir. Jon Avnet

Tarzan series, dir. W. S. Van Dyke and Richard Thorpe

Full Metal Jacket, Stanley Kubrick

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, dir. Tobe Hooper

The Hills Have Eyes, dir. Alexandre Aja or Wes Craven

The Time Machine (2002, 1960)

The Hunger, dir. Tony Scott

The Yes Men, dir. Dan Ollman et. al.

Related Literature:


Andreas and The Fates of the Apostles: Two Anglo-Saxon Narrative Poems

Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

Joseph Addison, “Royal Exchange,” Spectator #69

John Keats, “The Tiger”

Mario de Andrade, Macunaima

Stephan King, Carrie, Cujo, and The Shining

Oswald Andrade, “Cannibal Manifesto” (Latin American Surrealism)

Jamaica Kincaide, A Small Place

Antonin Artaud, Collected Works

Elizabeth Kostova, The Historian

John Ashton, “Poor Workhouse Boy,” Modern Street Ballads

Charles Lamb, A Dissertation Upon Roast Pig

Margaret Atwood, Edible Woman

Mathew Lewis, The Monk

J. G. Ballard, Crash

James Logan, The Scottish Gaël; Or, Celtic Manners (Edinburgh, 1831)

Charles Baudelaire, The Flowers of Evil

H. P. Lovecraft, “Herbert West: Reanimator”

William Blake, “The Tiger” and “The Lamb”

Bernard Mandeville, Fable of the Bees; Or, Private Vices, Publick Benefits

L. Frank Baum, Wizard of Oz Series

Charles Robert Maturin, Melmoth the Wanderer

William Beckford, Vathek and “Prince Alasi and the Princess Firouzkah”

Herman Melville, Moby Dick and Typee

Aphra Behn, Oroonoko and “History of the Nun”

Toni Morrison, Beloved

Ambrose Bierce, “Chickamauga”

Thomas Nagel, “What Is It Like To Be a Bat?”

Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights

Robert Nye, Cannibal Family of Sawney Bean & Other Stories of …Scotland)

Robert Browning, “My Last Duchess” and “Porphyria’s Lover”

Tim O'Brien, “The Things They Carried”

William S. Burroughs, Naked Lunch

Ovid, The Metamorphosis, Book 15

Poppy Z. Brite, Exquisite Corpse

Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France

George Psalmanazar, Description of Formosa (forged cannibal ethnography)

Angela Carter, The Bloody Chamber

Marge Piercy, “The Secretary Chant”

Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep

Sylvia Plath, “Daddy”

P. B. du Chaillu, Explorations and Adventures in Equatorial Africa

Plutrarch, “Banquet of the Seven Wise Men,” Moralia

John Cleland, Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure

Edgar Allan Poe, Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “Rime of the Ancient Mariner”

Alexander Pope, Rape of the Lock

Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone

Annie Proulx, “Brokeback Mountain”

Maryse Condé, Histoire de la femme cannibale

Thomas de Quincey, Confessions of an English Opium Eater

Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

Samuel Richardson, Clarissa, or, the History of a Young Lady

Andrei Codrescu, The Blood Countess

Ann Rice, Interview with a Vampire

Michael Crichton, Eaters of the Dead

Earl of Rochester [John Wilmont], “Satyr against Reason and Mankind”

Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Christina Rossetti, “Goblin Market”

William Diapea, Cannibal Jack: A White Man in the South Seas

Marquis de Sade, 120 Days of Sodom, Justine, or Philosophy of the Bedroom

Arthur Conan Doyle, Sign of Four

Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are

Ralph Ellison, “Battle Royal”

William Shakespeare, Macbeth and Titus Andronicus

Euripides, The Bacchae

Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

W. S. Gilbert, “Yarn of the Nancy Bell” (parody of “The Rime”)

Tobias Smollett, The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

Allen Ginsberg, “Howl”

Hans Staden, “Captive to Cannibals” (1557), American Captivity Narratives

Seth Grahame-Smith, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Bram Stoker, Dracula

Thomas Gray, “Ode on the Death of a Favorite Cat”

Jonathan Swift, “Modest Proposal” and Gulliver's Travels

H. Rider Haggard, King Solomon’s Mines

Jules Verne, 20,000 Thousand Leagues under the Sea

Thomas Harris, Red Dragon and Silence of the Lambs

Horace Walpole, “Account of the Giants Lately Discovered”

Nathaniel Hawthorne, “The Birthmark”

E. B. White, “Death of a Pig”

E. T. A. Hoffmann, "The Sandman"

Oscar Wilde, Portrait of Dorian Gray

William Hogarth, Four Stages of Cruelty

Oscar Wilde, Portrait of Dorian Gray

James Hogg, Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner

Tennessee Williams, Suddenly Last Summer

Ronald Holmes, Legend of Sawney Bean

Lu Xun, “Diary of a Madman”

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