The Monster Hunter in Modern Popular Culture

Author: Heather L. Duda
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786451874
Format: PDF, ePub
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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, ePub, Mobi
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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
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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.

Words for a Small Planet

Author: Nanette Norris
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 0739171593
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Scholars have begun critically assessing the relationship of modern environmental science, including the study of ecology, to the creation and study of art and culture. In this volume, the voices come from around the globe—some tentative in the stirring of conscious entwinement, other voices, strident and forthright, foresee a grim future, for the planet, for our humanity, as our impositions and consumptions have made monsters of us all and stripped us of our essence, the heart of what it is to be human.

Destination Truth

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

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: 0813588820
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Monster Cinema introduces readers to a vast menagerie of movie monsters, from gigantic beasts to microscopic parasites, from grotesque demons to normal-looking serial killers. Film expert Barry Keith Grant considers what each type of movie monster might reveal about how we regard the natural, the supernatural, and the human.

Goddesses and Monsters

Author: Jane Caputi
Publisher: Popular Press
ISBN: 9780299196240
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The essays in Goddesses and Monsters recognize popular culture as a primary repository of ancient mythic energies, images, narratives, personalities, icons, and archetypes. Together, they take on the patriarchal myth, where serial killers are heroes, where goddesses—in the form of great white sharks, femmes fatales, and aliens—are ritually slaughtered, and where pornography is the core story underlying militarism, environmental devastation, and racism. They also point to an alternative imagination of female power that still can be found behind the cult devotion given to Princess Diana and animating all the goddesses disguised as popular monsters, queen bitches, mammies, vamps, cyborgs, and sex bombs.

The Red Sox and Philosophy

Author: Michael Macomber
Publisher: Open Court
ISBN: 0812697146
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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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.