Gothic Realities: The Impact of Horror Fiction on Modern Culture

By L. Andrew Cooper

Eighteenth-century critics believed Gothic fiction might motivate deviant sexuality, instill heretical ideals, and inspire delinquent violence--this booklet places those ideals to the attempt. After reading the assumptions in the back of critics' fears, it considers nineteenth-century matters approximately sexual deviance, exhibiting how Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dorian grey, and different works helped build homosexuality as a pathological, risky phenomenon. It then turns to tv and movie, fairly Buffy the Vampire Slayer and David DeCoteau's direct-to-video videos, to track Gothicized sexuality's lasting effect. relocating to heretical ideals, Gothic Realities surveys ghost tales from Dickens's A Christmas Carol to Poltergeist, articulating the relationships among fiction and the "real" supernatural. ultimately, it considers connections among Gothic horror and real-world violence, specially the tragedies at Columbine and Virginia Tech.

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The Stars Down to Earth and Other Essays on the Irrational in Culture (Routledge Classics)

By Theodor W. Adorno

The Stars all the way down to Earth exhibits us a stunningly prescient Adorno. Haunted by way of the grotesque part of yank tradition industries he used the several angles supplied by way of each one of those 3 essays to exhibit the risks inherent in glossy obsessions with intake. He engages with a few of his such a lot enduring topics during this seminal assortment, concentrating on the irrational in mass culture—from astrology to new age cults, from anti-semitism to the ability of neo-fascist propaganda. He issues out that the trendy nation and marketplace forces serve the curiosity of capital in its simple shape. Stephan Crook’s advent grounds Adorno’s arguments firmly within the current the place severe spiritual and political organisations are commonplace—so standard in reality that frequently we deem them unworthy of our realization. part a century in the past Theodor Adorno not just regarded the hazards, yet proclaimed them loudly. We didn't pay attention then. might be it's not too past due to pay attention now.

“There isn't any query of the modern significance and relevance of those essays. T. W. Adorno is without doubt one of the nice critics of the position of irrational authoritarianism in modern society.” —Douglas Kellner

“This assortment demonstrates the continued relevance of Adorno’s paintings to the research and realizing of recent instances. an excellent contribution to the sociology of racism, anti-Semitism and well known culture.” —Bryan S. Turner, co-editor, The Penguin Dictionary of Sociology

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Popular Cinema of the Third Reich

By Sabine Hake

Too frequently pushed aside as escapist leisure or vilified as mass manipulation, renowned cinema within the 3rd Reich was once in reality sustained by means of well-established commonplace conventions, cultural traditions, aesthetic sensibilities, social practices, and a hugely built superstar system—not not like its Hollywood counterpart within the Thirties. This pathfinding research contributes to the continuing reassessment of 3rd Reich cinema through studying it as a social, cultural, monetary, and political perform that regularly conflicted with, contradicted, and compromised the intentions of the Propaganda Ministry. however, by means of supplying the appearance of a public sphere possibly freed from politics, well known cinema helped to maintain the Nazi regime, specially through the struggle years.

Rather than interpreting 3rd Reich cinema via overdetermined different types equivalent to propaganda, ideology, or fascist aesthetics, Sabine Hake concentrates at the constituent components shared through preferred cinemas: well-known stars, administrators, and studios; motion picture audiences and exhibition practices; renowned genres and new traits in set layout; the reception of international motion pictures; the function of movie feedback; and the illustration of ladies. She can pay distinctive recognition to the pressured coordination of the in 1933, the altering calls for on cinema through the warfare years, and many of the methods of coming to phrases with those filmic legacies after the battle. all through, Hake's findings underscore the continuities between Weimar, 3rd Reich, and post-1945 West German cinema. in addition they emphasize the codevelopment of German and different nationwide cinemas, specially the dominant Hollywood model.

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Michael Jackson: The Magic, The Madness, The Whole Story, 1958-2009

By J. Randy Taraborrelli

A lot has how been stated and written in regards to the existence and occupation of Michael Jackson that it has turn into nearly very unlikely to disentangle the fellow from the parable. This e-book is the fruit of over 30 years of study and 1000's of particular interviews with a awesome point of entry to the very closest circles of the Jackson relations - together with Michael himself. slicing via tabloid rumours, J. Randy Taraborrelli strains the true tale at the back of Michael Jackson, from his drilling as a toddler big name throughout the blooming of his expertise to his ever-changing own visual appeal and weird exposure stunts. This significant biography comprises the behind-the-scenes tale to a number of the landmarks in Jackson's existence: his felony and advertisement battles, his marriages to Lisa Marie Presley and Debbie Rowe, his passions and addictions, his little ones. goal and revealing, it contains the hallmarks of all of Taraborrelli's best-sellers: impeccable study, exceptional storytelling and definitive documentation.

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Pornified: How Pornography Is Transforming Our Lives, Our Relationships, and Our Families

By Pamela Paul

"Strips porn of its culture-war claptrap . . . Pornified might stand as a Kinsey file for our time."--San Francisco Chronicle
Porn in the US is everywhere--not simply in cybersex and Playboy yet in renowned games, suggestion columns, and fact tv exhibits, and at the bestseller lists. much more amazing, as porn has turn into reasonable, obtainable, and nameless, it has turn into more and more acceptable--and a major a part of the private lives of many women and men.
In this arguable and severely acclaimed publication, Pamela Paul argues that as porn turns into extra pervasive, it's destroying our marriages and households in addition to distorting our kid's principles of intercourse and sexuality. in response to multiple hundred interviews and a nationally consultant ballot, Pornified exposes how porn has infiltrated our lives, from the spouse agonizing over the late-night hours her husband spends on porn websites to the oldsters surprised to profit their twelve-year-old son has obvious a hardcore porn movie.
Pornified is an insightful, stunning, and demanding research into the prices and effects of pornography for our households and our culture.

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Inside the Tardis: The Worlds of Doctor Who

By James Chapman

James Chapman's background of health practitioner Who has been acclaimed by way of lovers and students alike as a definitive publication at the world's longest-running tv technological know-how fiction sequence. during this re-creation, released to mark the fiftieth anniversary of everyone's favorite Time Lord, Chapman has introduced the tale modern to incorporate the recent sequence of health care provider Who in addition to its spin offs Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures.
With new chapters at the eras of showrunners Russell T. Davies and Steven Moffat, and the most recent incarnations of the physician in David Tennant and Matt Smith, this up to date version of contained in the Tardis indicates how surgeon Who has triumphantly reinvented itself for the twenty-first century. Chapman maps the continuities with vintage general practitioner Who, in addition to exploring how the sequence has advanced to take account of latest institutional and cultural contexts. This re-creation is vital and stress-free examining for all these attracted to either the vintage sequence and its completely sleek reincarnation.

"The most sensible evaluate of medical professional Who that i've got ever read." - Andrew Pixley, surgeon Who Magazine

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Picturing the Apocalypse: The Book of Revelation in the Arts over Two Millennia

The publication of Revelation has been a resource of continuous fascination for almost thousand years. strategies similar to the Lamb of God, the 4 Horsemen, the 7th Seal, the Beasts and Antichrist, the Whore of Babylon, Armageddon, the Millennium, the final Judgement, the recent Jerusalem, and the ever-present angels of the Apocalypse have captured the preferred mind's eye. you could not often open a newspaper or click a information website with out examining approximately imminent monetary or climate-change Armageddon, whereas the concept that of the 4 Horsemen pervades renowned tune, gaming, and satire. but few humans comprehend a lot approximately both the fundamental which means or unique context of those techniques or the multiplicity of alternative ways that they've been interpreted via visible artists specifically. The visible heritage of this most generally illustrated of all of the biblical books merits better attention.

This booklet fills those gaps in a extraordinary and unique method through ten concise thematic chapters which clarify the origins of those techniques from the booklet of Revelation in an obtainable method. those motives are augmented and built through a delicately chosen pattern of the ways that the recommendations were taken care of by means of artists during the centuries. The one hundred twenty visible examples are drawn from a variety of time sessions and media together with the ninth-century Trier Apocalypse, thirteenth-century Anglo-Norman Apocalypse Manuscripts corresponding to the Lambeth and Trinity Apocalypses, the fourteenth-century Angers Apocalypse Tapestry, fifteenth-century Apocalypse altarpieces by way of Van Eyck and Memling, Dürer and Cranach's sixteenth-century Apocalypse woodcuts, and extra lately more than a few works by way of William Blake, J.M.W. Turner, Max Beckmann, in addition to movie posters and movie stills, cartoons, and kid's ebook illustrations. the ultimate bankruptcy demonstrates the continued resonance of the entire issues in modern non secular, political, and well known considering, whereas in the course of the ebook a distinction might be drawn among these readers of Revelation who've obvious it by way of earthly revolutions within the right here and now, and those that have followed a extra religious, other-worldly approach.

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Everything Bad is Good for You: How Today's Popular Culture is Actually Making Us Smarter

By Steven Johnson

Put out of your mind every little thing you’ve ever examine the age of dumbed-down, instant-gratification tradition. during this provocative, unfailingly clever, completely researched, and unusually convincing great inspiration booklet, Steven Johnson attracts from fields as varied as neuroscience, economics, and media thought to argue that the popular culture we soak in each day—from Lord of the Rings to Grand robbery Auto to The Simpsons—has been becoming extra refined with every one passing 12 months, and, faraway from rotting our brains, is basically posing new cognitive demanding situations which are really making our minds measurably sharper. After interpreting Everything undesirable is sweet for You, you are going to by no means regard the glow of the online game or tv monitor an identical means again.

 

With a brand new afterword by way of the author.

Steven Johnson's latest ebook, How We received to Now, is now to be had from Riverhead Books.

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Inception and Philosophy: Ideas to Die For (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By Thorsten Botz-Bornstein

You need to pass deeper. Inception is greater than only a nail-biting heist tale, greater than only one of the best videos of all time.
the newest neuroscience and philosophy of brain let us know that shared goals and the invasion of desires might quickly develop into truth. Inception and Philosophy: rules to Die For takes you thru the labyrinth, onto the countless staircase, exploring the movie’s hidden structure, deciding on up its unforeseen clues.
How will Inception swap your considering? You can’t imagine.
How will Inception and Philosophy swap your lifestyles? you just don't have any idea.

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Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy: Curiouser and Curiouser

By William Irwin

The suitable better half to Lewis Carroll's vintage publication and director Tim Burton's March 2010 remake of Alice in Wonderland

Alice?s Adventures in Wonderland has involved childrens and adults alike for generations. Why does Lewis Carroll introduce us to such oddities as blue caterpillars who smoke hookahs, cats whose grins stay after their heads have pale away, and a White Queen who lives backwards and recollects forwards? Is all of it simply nonsense? was once Carroll below the impression? This e-book probes the deeper underlying that means within the Alice books, and divulges a global wealthy with philosophical lifestyles classes. Tapping into the various maximum philosophical minds that ever lived?Aristotle, Hume, Hobbes, and Nietzsche?Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy explores life?s final questions in the course of the eyes of possibly the main endearing heroine in all of literature.

  • Looks at compelling concerns corresponding to notion and fact in addition to how common sense fares in a global of lunacy, the Mad Hatter, clocks, and temporal passage
  • Offers new insights into favourite Alice in Wonderland characters and scenes, together with the Mad Hatter and his tea celebration, the violent Queen of Hearts, and the grinning Cheshire Cat

Accessible and wonderful, Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy will improve your event of Alice's undying adventures with new which means and fun.

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