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Mythologies of Violence in Postmodern Media

Edited by Christopher Sharrett

Cultural Studies, Film Theory and Criticism, Media Studies

Contemporary Approaches to Film and Media Series

Published: September 1999
ISBN: 9780814327425
Pages: 456 Size: 6x9
Illustrations: 31 black-and-white images

A stunning collection!

— Krin Gabbard

Violence has been a topic of continued concern within American culture and society. Although there have been numerous sociological and historical studies of violence and its origins, there is relatively little systematic analysis of violence within media representation, even as this issue becomes preeminent within public discourse. This anthology examines a number of issues related to violence within the media landscape, using various methodologies to suggest the implications of the increasing obsession with violence for postmodern civilization.

Christopher Sharrett is an associate professor of communications at Seton Hall University. He is the editor of Crisis Cinema: The Apocalyptic Idea in Postmodem Narrative Film (Maisonneuve Press, 1993).

Contributors Include:
Ilsa J. Bick, Jane Caputi, Susan Crutchfield, Mark Gallagher, Barry Keith Grant, William Luhr, Lianne McLarty, Ken Morrison, Annalee Newitz, Mark Pizzato, Elayne Rapping, Martin Rubin, Christopher Sharrett, Philip L. Simpson, Jane Smith, Julian Stringer, Frank P. Tomasulo, Tony Williams

A stunning collection! From the Hong Kong action cinema to the trial of Jeffrey Dahmer, the contributors explore the most familiar and the most far-flung sites of violence and its representations. They also make original and often brilliant use of the many theoretical traditions that make sense of these phenomena. Highly recommended for graduate students and advanced undergraduates.

– Krin Gabbard, SUNY, Stony Brook