The fantastic in the theatre

M.A. thesis – Université Paris-Sorbonne, 2012-2013

In this thesis, I studied the mechanism of fear and pleasure in different fantastic plays. I distinguished terror (which is based on the imagination), horror (which is born from the confrontation with the monster) and the feeling of the uncanny. Then, I showed that the emotional response is more complicated than the combination of fear and pleasure since frustration and laugh have to be taken into account.