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Happy Halloween from the Humanities E-Book team!

The humanities help provide different perspectives on Halloween or the themes we associate with the holiday.  Whether it be learning about the history of Halloween¹, studying horror in mass media and entertainment, or examining death across cultures, the humanities can help expand our appreciation and understanding for events such as Halloween.

To prove this, below are a selection of titles in the Humanities E-Book collection to make you think critically about subjects and topics related to Halloween.  For some titles the connection is clearer than others, but is that not one (of many) critical function of the humanities—to forge new and unexpected connections across ideas, cultures, and peoples?

Have a Halloween-related title you would like to see in the HEB collection? Visit our title recommendation page.  To request a complete title list, fill out the form on our collection page. Do not forget to check out HEB’s Halloween themed edition of our newsletter, Oh, the Humanities!.

  1. Origins of Halloween and the Day of the Dead“, National Endowment for the Humanities

The Gorgon's Gaze: German Cinema, Expressionism, and the Image of Horror

by Paul Coates, Cambridge University Press (1991)


Horror Film and Psychoanalysis: Freud’s Worst Nightmare

by Steven Hay Schneider, Cambridge University Press (2004)

Uncanny Bodies: The Coming of Sound Film and the Origins of the Horror Genre

by Robert Spadoni, University of California Press (2007)



Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window

by John Belton, Cambridge University Press (2000)

Australian Ways of Death: A Social and Cultural History, 1840-1918

by Pat Jalland, Oxford University Press Australia (2002)

Surviving Death

by Mark Johnston, Princeton University Press (2010)

Death and Liffe

by Joseph M.P. Donatelli, Medieval Academy of America (1989)

Film Noir and the Cinema of Paranoia

by Wheeler Winston Dixon, Rutgers University Press (2009)

Ghosts of War in Vietnam

by Heonik Kwon, Cambridge University Press (2008)