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"Stalking, as a criminal offence and as an obsessive psychological state, has only recently been identified but it has a long and vivid history in literature and film from the schoolteacher Bradley Headstone in Dickens’s Our Mutual Friend to Alex Forrest, the bunny boiler in Fatal Attraction. A fascinating mix of psychology, film studies, literature and cultural theory."
(Times (London) 2006-11-04)

"Sharp treatment of the idea of stalking in modern culture. . . . illuminating . . . intriguing."
(Steven Poole The Guardian 2006-11-18)

"A fascinating mix of psychology, film studies, literature, and cultural theory."
(Iain Finlayson The Times 2006-11-04)

"Short, sharp analysis of our deviant cultural psychology. . . . A good effort at rounding up his novels and movies without too much academic nattering about the patriarchy."
(John Allemang The Globe and Mail 2006-11-30)

About the Author

Bran Nicol is senior lecturer in English literature at the School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies at the University of Portsmouth. He is the author of Iris Murdoch: The Retrospective Fiction and Postmodernism and the Contemporary Novel.



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Every move you make . . . . Oct. 15 2012
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3 stars? 4 stars? I dunno. In any case don't come to this book hoping for lurid tales of stalking. Stalking would probably be classified under culture studies: Nicol discusses the subject by referring to psychoanalytic ideas, legal issues, history,sociology, literature, personal accounts, and film. (He even refers to that great Alan Partidge episode.) With so broad a range of references he's able to suggest causes and connections that mightn't have occurred to the reader, e.g. a stalker's behaviour arising partly from a certain cultural confusion, or the likeness between a Poe character, the flaneur, journalists, and stalkers.

I've yet to read a Reaktion book that wasn't intelligent, thoughtful, very interesting, and at least slightly quirky. I would have read this one happily had it been much longer than it is. Great cover photo, incidentally--very creepy indeed.