Philosophy in The Twilight Zone by No?l Carroll, Lester H. Hunt

By No?l Carroll, Lester H. Hunt

Using a chain of essays reading the vast philosophical options embedded in Rod Serling's sequence, The Twilight Zone, Philosophy within the Twilight Zone offers a platform for additional philosophical discussion.

  • Features essays through eminent modern philosophers in regards to the over-arching topics in The Twilight Zone, in addition to in-depth discussions of specific episodes
  • Fuses renowned cult leisure with classical philosophical perspectives
  • Acts as a advisor to unearthing better questions - from human nature to the character of fact and past - posed within the series
  • Includes colossal serious and biographical details on sequence writer Rob Serling

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He made this bitter comment on it in the Cincinnati Post: By the time “A Town Has Turned to Dust” went before the cameras, my script had turned to dust. Emmett Till became a romantic Mexican. The setting was moved to the Southwest of the 1870s. 29 This, I probably should point out, might be another case of Serling exaggerating the damage done in order to make a point. ”31 More important, for present purposes, is the fact that in these comments he seems to be expressing the view that a work of art that deals with the issues raised by the lynching of African-Americans is damaged, perhaps ruined, if it depicts some other minority in place of African-Americans.

That is certainly the case with respect to The Twilight Zone. In this chapter, while making reference to episodes of The Twilight Zone, I will attempt to elucidate Tales of Dread. I will try to explain not only what they are but the way in which they elicit the sensation of dread that it is their function to engender, while also indicating the ways in which they both resemble and contrast with horror stories. TALES OF DREAD: SOME EXAMPLES FROM THE TWILIGHT ZONE Tales of Dread, it seems to me, are the most frequently recurring kind of story in The Twilight Zone.

We will have more to say about this parallel relation between Tales of Dread and stories with demons in them later in this chapter. 4. Quoted from The Twilight Zone Companion, pp. 275–6. Often the commentaries at the beginning and ending of The Twilight Zone recall those of programs like One Step Beyond and The Inner Sanctum where hosts like John Nuland prefigure the role Rod Serling plays in his series. 5. The episode “The Little People” is also a Tale of Dread. See Aaron Smuts’s discussion of it in this volume.

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