The Monster Hunter in Modern Popular Culture

Author: Heather L. Duda
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786451874
Format: PDF, Mobi
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As monsters in popular media have evolved and grown more complex, so have those who take on the job of stalking and staking them. This book examines the evolution of the contemporary monster hunter from Bram Stoker's Abraham Van Helsing to today's non-traditional monster hunters such as Blade, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Watchmen. Critically surveying a diverse range of books, films, television shows, and graphic novels, this study reveals how the monster hunter began as a white, upper-class, educated male and became everything from a vampire to a teenage girl with supernatural powers. Now often resembling the monsters they've vowed to conquer, modern characters occupy a gray area where the battle is often with their own inner natures as much as with the "evil" they fight.

The Buffyverse Catalog

Author: Don Macnaughtan
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786487879
Format: PDF, Docs
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This bibliographic guide covers the "Buffyverse"--the fictional worlds of the acclaimed television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003) and its spinoff Angel (1999-2004), as well as the original Buffy feature film of 1992. It is the largest and most inclusive work of its kind. The author organizes and describes both the original texts of the Buffyverse (episodes, DVDs, novels, comic books, games, and more) and the secondary materials created about the shows, including books, essays, articles, documentaries, dissertations, fan production and websites. This vast and diverse collection of information about these two seminal shows and their feature-film forebear provides an accessible, authoritative and comprehensive survey of the subject.

The Vampire in Folklore History Literature Film and Television

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Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476620830
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This comprehensive bibliography covers writings about vampires and related creatures from the 19th century to the present. More than 6,000 entries document the vampire’s penetration of Western culture, from scholarly discourse, to popular culture, politics and cook books. Sections by topic list works covering various aspects, including general sources, folklore and history, vampires in literature, music and art, metaphorical vampires and the contemporary vampire community. Vampires from film and television—from Bela Lugosi’s Dracula to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, True Blood and the Twilight Saga—are well represented.

Screams of Reason

Author: David J. Skal
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393045826
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Traces the history of the mad scientist character in novels, films, and popular culture, and describes how this figure reflects anxieties about scientific and technological change

Monster Cinema

Author: Barry Keith Grant
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 0813588812
Format: PDF, ePub
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Monster Cinema introduces readers to a vast menagerie of movie monsters. Some are gigantic, like King Kong or the kaiju in Pacific Rim, while others are microscopic. Some monsters appear uncannily human, from serial killers like Norman Bates to the pod people in Invasion of the Body Snatchers. And of course, other movie monsters like demons, ghosts, vampires, and witches emerge from long folklore traditions. Film expert Barry Keith Grant considers what each type of movie monster reveals about what it means to be human and how we regard the world. Armed with an encyclopedic knowledge of film history, Grant presents us with an eclectic array of monster movies, from Nosferatu to Get Out. As he discovers, although monster movies might claim to be about Them!, they are really about the capacity for horror that lurks within each of us.

Representations of the Post human

Author: Elaine L. Graham
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 9780813530598
Format: PDF
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Microchips. Genetic modification of plants. Cloning. Advances in technology promise to shape our lives more profoundly than ever before. Exciting new discoveries in reproductive, genetic, and information technologies all serve to call into question the immutability of the boundaries between humans, animals, and machines. The category of the “posthuman” reflects the implications of such new technologies on contemporary culture, especially in their capacity to reconfigure the human body and to challenge our most fundamental understandings of human nature. Elaine L. Graham explores these issues as they are expressed within popular culture and the creative arts. From the myth of Prometheus and the Gothic horror of Frankenstein's monster to contemporary postmodern science fiction, a gallery of fantastic creatures haunts Western myth, religion, and literature. They serve to connect contemporary debates with enduring concerns about the potential—and the limits—of human creativity. This book breaks new ground in drawing together a wide range of literature on new technologies and their ethical implications. In her explorations of the monstrous and the cyborg, Graham covers the Jewish legend of the golem, the Human Genome Project, Star Trek: Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager, Fritz Lang's Metropolis, Donna Haraway's cyborg writing, and many other related topics. This book will interest students in cultural studies, literature, ethics, religion, information technology, and the life sciences.

Frankenstein

Author: Susan Tyler Hitchcock
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393061444
Format: PDF
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A lighthearted history of the Frankenstein myth traces its origins, evaluates the shifts in period morality and science that shaped the story and its various interpretations, and considers the invocations of the tale in various formats.

The Red Sox and Philosophy

Author: Michael Macomber
Publisher: Open Court
ISBN: 0812697146
Format: PDF
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This volume in the Popular Culture and Philosophy series delves into the tragic and redemptive history of the Boston Red Sox baseball franchise. Drawing on philosophers from Aristotle to Sartre, chapters range from issues of faith and spirituality to tragedy, irony, existentialism, Sabermetrics, and the infamous "curse of the Bambino." With an emphasis on "Red Sox Nation" — the community of Red Sox fans across the globe — the book connects important philosophical ideas with one of the most storied teams in the history of Major League Baseball. The chapters make complex philosophical arguments easy to understand while providing an insider’s knowledge of the hometown team. All but one of the authors in this volume are all Red Sox fans who comment on their team philosophically. There's even a Yankee fan’s perspective! With a foreword by Dick Bresciani, vice president and official historian of the Boston Red Sox, this book provides a unique philosophical experience for the die-hard Red Sox fan.

Destination Truth

Author: Josh Gates
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743491726
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Presents experiences of the author and his crew, who investigate claims of paranormal phenomena in exotic locales throughout the world.