The new cover for my upcoming edited collection on Jordan Peele’s Get Out is here!
Jordan Peele’s Get Out: Political Horror is a collection of fourteen scholarly essays (including the introduction) devoted to exploring Get Out’s roots in the horror tradition and its complex and timely commentary on 21st-century US race relations. The first section traces the influence of the gothic and horror tradition on Peele’s film, from Shakespeare’s Othello, through the female Gothic and Ira Levin’s Rosemary’s Baby and The Stepford Wives, to the modern horror film, including the zombie, rural, suburban, and body-swap subgenres of horror. The second section takes up Get Out’s varied political interventions—notably its portrayal of the continuation of slavery and the deformation of the black body and mind in white “progressive” America. In this section, contributors address Peele’s film alongside African American figures such as Nat Turner, W. E. B. Du Bois, and James Baldwin. Taken together, the chapters in this book illuminate how Get Out stands as both a ground-breaking intervention in the horror tradition as well as a devastating unmasking of racism in the contemporary US.
Forthcoming from the New Suns Series at Ohio State University Press in early 2020.