Cruel Children in Popular Texts and Cultures Book

Cruel Children in Popular Texts and Cultures


  • Author : Monica Flegel
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2018-04-19
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 312
  • ISBN 10 : 9783319722757

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Cruel Children in Popular Texts and Cultures Excerpt :

This book explores how alarmist social discourses about 'cruel' young people fail to recognize the complexity of cruelty and the role it plays in child agency. Examining representations of cruel young people in popular texts and popular culture, the collected essays demonstrate how gender, race, and class influence who gets labeled 'cruel' and which actions are viewed as negative, aggressive, and disruptive. It shows how representations of cruel young people negotiate the violence that shadows polite society, and how narratives of cruelty and aggression are used to affirm, or to deny, young people’s agency.

Elder Horror Book

Elder Horror


  • Author : A. Bowdoin Van Riper
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2019-01-25
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 255
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476635071

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Elder Horror Excerpt :

As baby boomers gray, cinematic depictions of aging and the aged are on the rise. In the horror genre, fears of growing old take on fantastic proportions. Elderly characters are portrayed as either eccentric harbingers of doom--the crone who stops at nothing to restore her youth, the ancient ancestor who haunts the living--or as frail victims. This collection of new essays explores how various filmic portrayals of aging, as an inescapable horror destined to overtake us all, reflect our complex attitudes toward growing old, along with its social, psychological and economic consequences.

L M  Montgomery and Gender Book

L M Montgomery and Gender


  • Author : E. Holly Pike
  • Publisher : McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
  • Release Date : 2021-11-15
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 440
  • ISBN 10 : 9780228010166

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L M Montgomery and Gender Excerpt :

The celebrated author of Anne of Green Gables and Emily of New Moon receives much-deserved additional consideration in L.M. Montgomery and Gender. Nineteen contributors take a variety of critical and theoretical positions, from historical analyses of the White Feather campaign and discussions of adoption to medical discourses of death and disease, explorations of Montgomery’s use of humour, and the author’s rewriting of masculinist traditions. The essays span Montgomery’s writing, exploring her famous Anne and Emily books as well as her short fiction, her comic journal composed with her friend Nora Lefurgey, and less-studied novels such as Magic for Marigold and The Blue Castle. Dividing the chapters into five sections – on masculinities and femininities, domestic space, humour, intertexts, and being in time – L.M. Montgomery and Gender addresses the degree to which Montgomery’s work engages and exposes, reflects and challenges the gender roles around her, underscoring how her writing has shaped future representations of gender. Of interest to historians, feminists, gender scholars, scholars of literature, and Montgomery enthusiasts, this wide-ranging collection builds on the depth of current scholarship in its approach to the complexity of gender in the works of one of Canada’s best-loved authors.

The Palgrave Handbook of Animals and Literature Book

The Palgrave Handbook of Animals and Literature


  • Author : Susan McHugh
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release Date : 2020-11-25
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 636
  • ISBN 10 : 9783030397739

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The Palgrave Handbook of Animals and Literature Excerpt :

This volume is the first comprehensive guide to current research on animals, animality, and human-animal relations in literature. To reflect the history of literary animal studies to date, its primary focus is literary prose and poetry in English, while also accommodating emergent discussions of the full range of media and contexts with which literary studies engages, especially film and critical theory. User-friendly language, references, even suggestions for further readings are included to help newcomers to the field understand how it has taken shape primarily through recent decades. To further aid teachers, sections are organized by conventions of periodization, and chapters address a range of canonical and popular texts. Bookended by sections devoted to the field’s conceptual foundations and new directions, the volume is designed to set an agenda for literary animal studies for decades to come.

Companion to Victorian Popular Fiction Book

Companion to Victorian Popular Fiction


  • Author : Kevin A. Morrison
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2018-10-10
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 318
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476633596

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Companion to Victorian Popular Fiction Excerpt :

 This companion to Victorian popular fiction includes more than 300 cross-referenced entries on works written for the British mass market. Biographical sketches cover the writers and their publishers, the topics that concerned them and the genres they helped to establish or refine. Entries introduce readers to long-overlooked authors who were widely read in their time, with suggestions for further reading and emerging resources for the study of popular fiction.

Fandom  Now in Color Book

Fandom Now in Color


  • Author : Rukmini Pande
  • Publisher : University of Iowa Press
  • Release Date : 2020-12-15
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 263
  • ISBN 10 : 9781609387280

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Fandom Now in Color Excerpt :

Fandom, Now in Color gathers together seemingly contradictory narratives that intersect at the (in)visibility of race/ism in fandom and fan studies. This collection engages the problem by undertaking the different tactics of decolonization—diversifying methodologies, destabilizing canons of “must-read” scholarship by engaging with multiple disciplines, making whiteness visible but not the default against which all other kinds of racialization must compete, and decentering white fans even in those fandoms where they are the assumed majority. These new narratives concern themselves with a broad swath of media, from cosplay and comics to tabletop roleplay and video games, and fandoms from Jane the Virgin to Japan’s K-pop scene. Fandom, Now in Color asserts that no one answer or approach can sufficiently come to grips with the shifting categories of race, racism, and racial identity. Contributors: McKenna Boeckner, Angie Fazekas, Monica Flegel, Elizabeth Hornsby, Katherine Anderson Howell, Carina Lapointe, Miranda Ruth Larsen, Judith Leggatt, Jenni Lehtinen, joan miller, Swati Moitra, Samira Nadkarni, Indira Neill Hoch, Sam Pack, Rukmini Pande, Deepa Sivarajan, Al Valentín

Childhood in the Contemporary English Novel Book

Childhood in the Contemporary English Novel


  • Author : Sandra Dinter
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2019-09-01
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9781000692051

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Childhood in the Contemporary English Novel Excerpt :

Since the 1980s novels about childhood for adults have been a booming genre within the contemporary British literary market. Childhood in the Contemporary English Novel offers the first comprehensive study of this literary trend. Assembling analyses of key works by Ian McEwan, Doris Lessing, P. D. James, Nick Hornby, Sarah Moss and Stephen Kelman and situating them in their cultural and political contexts, Sandra Dinter uncovers both the reasons for the current popularity of such fiction and the theoretical shift that distinguishes it from earlier literary epochs. The book’s central argument is that the contemporary English novel draws on the constructivist paradigm shift that revolutionised the academic study of childhood several decades ago. Contemporary works of fiction, Dinter argues, depart from the notion of childhood as a naturally given phase of life and examine the agents, interests and conflicts involved in its cultural production. Dinter also considers the limits of this new theoretical impetus, observing that authors and scholars alike, even when they claim to conceive of childhood as a construct, do not always give up on the idea of its ‘natural’ core. Accordingly, this book reconstructs how the English novel between the 1980s and the 2010s oscillates between an acknowledgment of constructivism and an endorsement of childhood as the last irrevocable quintessence of humanity. In doing so, it successfully extends the literary and cultural history of childhood to the immediate present.

Queering Visual Cultures Book

Queering Visual Cultures


  • Author : Subashish Bhattacharjee
  • Publisher : Universitas Press
  • Release Date : 2019-03-01
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 198
  • ISBN 10 : 9781988963181

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Queering Visual Cultures Excerpt :

The contemporary popular cultural space has leveraged the queer in the same format of representation as its presentation in the 1990s. Although the queer is portrayed in a less perverse light than a decade ago, popular cultural representations of the queer in the visual culture genres are still on the level of the banal. While popular culture has become more encouraging towards the queer, the broader cultural opinion about the queer has been progressively more skeptical, compromised by the idea that the queer is encroaching on spaces reserved exclusively for heteronormative recreation. The essays in this volume look closely at how the queer is portrayed across media and throughout the world.

Romancing the Zombie Book

Romancing the Zombie


  • Author : Ashley Szanter
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2017-08-23
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 220
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476630670

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Romancing the Zombie Excerpt :

The zombie--popular culture's undead darling--shows no signs of stopping. But as it develops to suit changing audience tastes, its characteristics transform. This collection of new essays examines the latest incarnation, the romantic zombie, a re-humanized monster we want to help, heal and connect with rather than destroy. The authors discuss our increasingly sympathetic view of the reanimated dead as more than physical bodies devoid of life and personality. Their essays cover a range of topics, including audience obsession with Apocalyptic love; the problem of a kinder, gentler undead; the millennial reinvention of the "sexy zombie"; and "uncanny valley romance."

Boys in Children s Literature and Popular Culture Book

Boys in Children s Literature and Popular Culture


  • Author : Annette Wannamaker
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2012-09-10
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN 10 : 9781135923594

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Boys in Children s Literature and Popular Culture Excerpt :

Boys in Children’s Literature and Popular Culture proposes new theoretical frameworks for understanding the contradictory ways masculinity is represented in popular texts consumed by boys in the United States. The popular texts boys like are often ignored by educators and scholars, or are simply dismissed as garbage that boys should be discouraged from enjoying. However, examining and making visible the ways masculinity functions in these texts is vital to understanding the broad array of works that make up children’s culture and form dominant versions of masculinity. Such popular texts as Harry Potter, Captain Underpants, and Japanese manga and anime often perform rituals of subject formation in overtly grotesque ways that repulse adult readers and attract boys. They often use depictions of the abject – threats to bodily borders – to blur the distinctions between what is outside the body and what is inside, between what is "I" and what is "not I." Because of their reliance on depictions of the abject, those popular texts that most vigorously perform exaggerated versions of masculinity also create opportunities to make dominant masculinity visible as a social construct.

Girls  Series Fiction and American Popular Culture Book

Girls Series Fiction and American Popular Culture


  • Author : LuElla D'Amico
  • Publisher : Lexington Books
  • Release Date : 2016-03-01
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9781498517645

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Girls Series Fiction and American Popular Culture Excerpt :

This collection explores the influence of girls’ series books on popular American culture and girls’ everyday experiences. It explores the cultural work that the series genre performs, contemplating the books’ messages about subjects including race, gender, and education, and examines girl fiction within a variety of disciplinary contexts.

Education in Popular Culture Book

Education in Popular Culture


  • Author : Roy Fisher
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2008-05-06
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 207
  • ISBN 10 : 9781134320646

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Education in Popular Culture Excerpt :

Education in Popular Culture explores what makes schools, colleges, teachers and students an enduring focus for a wide range of contemporary media. What is it about the school experience that makes us wish to relive it again and again? The book provides an overview of education as it is represented in popular culture, together with a framework through which educators can interpret these representations in relation to their own professional values and development. The analyses are contextualised within contemporary, historical and ideological frameworks, and make connections between popular representations and professional and political discourses about education. Through its examination of film, television, popular lyrics and fiction, this book tackles educational themes that recur in popular culture, and demonstrates how they intersect with debates concerning teacher performance, the curriculum and young people’s behaviour and morality. Chapters explore how experiences of education are both reflected and constructed in ways that sometimes reinforce official and professional educational perspectives, and sometimes resist and oppose them. Education in Popular Culture will stimulate critical reflection on the popular myths and professional discourses that surround teachers and teaching. It will serve to deepen analyses of teaching and learning and their associated institutional and societal contexts in a creative and challenging way.

Headpress Guide to the Counter Culture Book

Headpress Guide to the Counter Culture


  • Author : Temple Drake
  • Publisher : Critical Vision
  • Release Date : 2004
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 1900486350

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Headpress Guide to the Counter Culture Excerpt :

An indispensable sampling of the vast assortment of publications which exist as an adjunct to the mainstream press, or which promote themes and ideas that may be defined as pop culture, alternative, underground or subversive. Updated and revised from the pages of the critically acclaimed Headpress journal, this is an enlightened and entertaining guide to the counter culture - including everything from cult film, music, comics and cutting-edge fiction, by way of its books and zines, with contact information accompanying each review.

Cinderella across Cultures Book

Cinderella across Cultures


  • Author : Martine Hennard Dutheil de la Rochère
  • Publisher : Wayne State University Press
  • Release Date : 2016-06-01
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 440
  • ISBN 10 : 9780814341568

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Cinderella across Cultures Excerpt :

The Cinderella story is retold continuously in literature, illustration, music, theatre, ballet, opera, film, and other media, and folklorists have recognized hundreds of distinct forms of Cinderella plots worldwide. The focus of this volume, however, is neither Cinderella as an item of folklore nor its alleged universal meaning. In Cinderella across Cultures, editors Martine Hennard Dutheil de la Rochère, Gillian Lathey, and Monika Wozniak analyze the Cinderella tale as a fascinating, multilayered, and ever-changing story constantly reinvented in different media and traditions. The collection highlights the tale’s reception and adaptation in cultural and national contexts across the globe, including those of Italy, France, Germany, Britain, the Netherlands, Poland, and Russia. Contributors shed new light on classic versions of Cinderella by examining the material contexts that shaped them (such as the development of glass artifacts and print techniques), or by analyzing their reception in popular culture (through cheap print and mass media). The first section, “Contextualizing Cinderella,” investigates the historical and cultural contexts of literary versions of the tale and their diachronic transformations. The second section, “Regendering Cinderella,” tackles innovative and daring literary rewritings of the tale in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, in particular modern feminist and queer takes on the classic plot. Finally, the third section, “Visualising Cinderella,” concerns symbolic transformations of the tale, especially the interaction between text and image and the renewal of the tale’s iconographic tradition. The volume offers an invaluable contribution to the study of this particular tale and also to fairy-tale studies overall. Readers interested in the visual arts, in translation studies, or in popular culture, as well as a wider audience wishing to discover the tale anew will delight in this collection.

Science Fiction  Children s Literature  and Popular Culture Book

Science Fiction Children s Literature and Popular Culture


  • Author : Gary Westfahl
  • Publisher : Greenwood Publishing Group
  • Release Date : 2000
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 157
  • ISBN 10 : 0313308470

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Science Fiction Children s Literature and Popular Culture Excerpt :

Literature often is central to individual maturation. It typically reflects, in one way or another, the experiences of the reader and the larger strains of society. This book examines representative works of science fiction, children's literature, and popular culture as mirrors of what it means to grow up in the contemporary world. That world is permeated by technology, and technology thus figures prominently in the process of growing up and in these literary works. Included are chapters on Superman, the Hardy Boys, Star Trek, music videos, and other topics.