Chapter 12. Terror Effects

  1. Elleke Boehmer Professor1 and
  2. Stephen Morton Senior Lecturer2
  1. Robert J. C. Young Professor

Published Online: 5 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310085.ch12

Terror and the Postcolonial

Terror and the Postcolonial

How to Cite

Young, R. J. C. (2009) Terror Effects, in Terror and the Postcolonial (eds E. Boehmer and S. Morton), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310085.ch12

Editor Information

  1. 1

    University of Oxford, UK

  2. 2

    University of Southampton, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Oxford, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 2 OCT 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405191548

Online ISBN: 9781444310085



  • terror effects - terror comprising nothing but its effects;
  • terror, messing up and violating smooth transition between causes and effects;
  • to live in terror is to live in fear;
  • terror moves you into a state of producing fiction;
  • terror belonging to discourse of the gothic - “the literature of terror”;
  • gothic aspect of terror and peering into its psychic space;
  • terror as gothic;
  • terror as sublime;
  • terror as farce;
  • terror as trauma - learning how to resist terror effect


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Terror as Affect

  • Terror as Gothic

  • Terror as Sublime

  • Terror as Suspense

  • Terror as Farce

  • Terror as Trauma

  • References