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Open Access The Kyai and Hyperreal Ghosts: Narrative Practices of Horror, Commerce, and Censorship

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The Kyai and Hyperreal Ghosts: Narrative Practices of Horror, Commerce, and Censorship

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This chapter examines the position of forms of imagination in the context of film narrative practices and debates on what kind of representations of society are acceptable in Indonesian audio-visual media. On one level, it considers horror from the perspective of film genres, discussing certain formats or formulas within such genres. On this level, horror is a forum for identity formation. On another level, the chapter discusses the concept of imaginations and the labeling of small-scale communities and genres. It reflects on discourses about film formulas within the horror genre, which are indicative of developments and problems in the search for a representative image of what constitutes the modern Indonesian nation. The chapter explores discourses about tolerable modes of representation of the supernatural in film and television and as part of modern Indonesian society. The kyai was an unrivalled asset in the exploitation of the supernatural in Indonesian audio-visual media.

Keywords: film narrative practices; horror genre; Indonesian audio-visual media; kyai; supernatural powers



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