Zombie Culture

Author: Shawn McIntosh
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 0810860430
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Why have zombies resonated so pervasively in the popular imagination and in media, especially films? Why have they proved to be one of the most versatile and popular monster types in the growing video game industry? What makes zombies such widespread symbols of horror and dread, and how have portrayals of zombies in movies changed and evolved to fit contemporary fears, anxieties, and social issues? Zombies have held a unique place in film and popular culture throughout most of the 20th century. Rare in that this enduring monster type originated in non-European folk culture rather than the Gothic tradition from which monsters like vampires and werewolves have emerged, zombies have in many ways superseded these Gothic monsters in popular entertainment and the public imagination and have increasingly been used in discussions ranging from the philosophy of mind to computer lingo to the business press. Zombie Culture brings together scholars from a variety of fields, including cinema studies, popular culture, and video game studies, who have examined the living dead through a variety of lenses. By looking at how portrayals of zombies have evolved from their folkloric roots and entered popular culture, readers will gain deeper insights into what zombies mean in terms of the public psyche, how they represent societal fears, and how their evolving portrayals continue to reflect underlying beliefs of The Other, contagion, and death.

The Walking Dead Horror Drama oder Western Eine Analyse

Author: Jasmin Kirchner
Publisher: diplom.de
ISBN: 3956846052
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Zombie-Filme und -Serien sind natürlich dem Horror-Genre zuzuordnen. Oder? Was lange vollkommen fraglos war, wurde schon ab den 80ern mit der Entstehung der Zombie Romantic Comedy aufgeweicht. Das Genre der untoten Menschenfresser hat dabei vor allem George A. Romero mit seiner Living Dead-Reihe geprägt. Neuen Auftrieb erfährt das oft belächelte Genre seit einigen Jahren dank der Fernseh-Serie „The Walking Dead“, die vor allem in Amerika Quotenrekorde auf den Kabelsender aufstellt. Aber wie verhält Horror sich eigentlich in Serie? Wie kann man das Grauen über einen so langen Zeitraum aufrecht erhalten? Und welche anderen Genres lassen sich ausmachen? Ist es am Ende überhaupt „klassischer“ Horror oder dominieren die Strukturen von Drama, Thriller oder Western? Geklärt wird diese Frage anhand einer Untersuchung der Entwicklung des Zombies in Film und Fernsehen, einer Betrachtung der relevanten Fragestellungen und Konzepte aus der Genre-Theorie, v.a. Entwicklung und Hybridität von Genres, und schließlich einer Analyse der Genres Horror, Drama und Western. Zunächst allgemein beschrieben werden ihre Ausprägungen in der Serie erörtert und zu einem Gesamtbild zusammengeführt.

Tropical Gothic in Literature and Culture

Author: Justin D. Edwards
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317425774
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Tropical Gothic examines Gothic within a specific geographical area of ‘the South’ of the Americas. In so doing, we structure the book around geographical coordinates (from North to South) and move between various national traditions of the gothic (Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, etc) alongside regional manifestations of the Gothic (the US south and the Caribbean) as well as transnational movements of the Gothic within the Americas. The reflections on national traditions of the Gothic in this volume add to the critical body of literature on specific languages or particular nations, such as Scottish Gothic, American Gothic, Canadian Gothic, German Gothic, Kiwi Gothic, etc. This is significant because, while the Southern Gothic in the US has been thoroughly explored, there is a gap in the critical literature about the Gothic in the larger context of region of ‘the South’ in the Americas. This volume does not pretend to be a comprehensive examination of tropical Gothic in the Americas; rather, it pinpoints a variety of locations where this form of the Gothic emerges. In so doing, the transnational interventions of the Gothic in this book read the flows of Gothic forms across borders and geographical regions to tease out the complexities of Gothic cultural production within cultural and linguistic translations. Tropical Gothic includes, but is by no means limited to, a reflection on a region where European colonial powers fought intensively against indigenous populations and against each other for control of land and resources. In other cases, the vast populations of African slaves were transported, endowing these regions with a cultural inheritance that all the nations involved are still trying to comprehend. The volume reflects on how these histories influence the Gothic in this region.

Unfinished Business

Author: Dana Renga
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 1442668326
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Unfinished Business is the first book to examine Italian mafia cinema of the past decade. It provides insightful analyses of popular films that sensationalize violence, scapegoat women, or repress the homosexuality of male protagonists. Dana Renga examines these works through the lens of gender and trauma theory to show how the films engage with the process of mourning and healing mafia-related trauma in Italy. Unfinished Business argues that trauma that has yet to be worked through on the national level is displaced onto the characters in the films under consideration. In a mafia context, female characters are sacrificed and non-normative sexual identities are suppressed in order to solidify traditional modes of viewer identification and to assure narrative closure, all so that the image of the nation is left unblemished.

It s Not TV

Author: Marc Leverette
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135902747
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Since first going on the air in 1972, HBO has continually attempted to redefine television as we know it. Today, pay television (and HBO in particular) is positioned as an alternative to network offerings, consistently regarded as the premier site for what has come to be called "quality television." This collection of new essays by an international group of media scholars argues that HBO, as part of the leading edge of television, is at the center of television studies’ interests in market positioning, style, content, technology, and political economy. The contributors focus on pioneering areas of analysis and new critical approaches in television studies today, highlighting unique aspects of the "HBO effect" to explore new perspectives on contemporary television from radical changes in technology to dramatic shifts in viewing habits. It’s Not TV provides fresh insights into the "post-television network" by examining HBO’s phenomenally popular and pioneering shows, including The Sopranos, The Wire, Six Feet Under, Sex and the City as well as its failed series, such as K Street and The Comeback. The contributors also explore the production process itself and the creation of a brand commodity, along with HBO’s place as a market leader and technological innovator. Contributors: Kim Akass, Cara Louise Buckley, Rhiannon Bury, Joanna L. Di Mattia, Blake D. Ethridge, Tony Kelso, Marc Leverette, David Marc, Janet McCabe, Conor McGrath, Shawn McIntosh, Brian L. Ott, Avi Santo, Lisa Williamson Foreword by Toby Miller Marc Leverette is Assistant Professor of Media Studies at Colorado State University. He is author of Professional Wrestling, the Myth, the Mat, and American Popular Culture and co-editor of Zombie Culture: Autopsies of the Living Dead and Oh My God, They Deconstructed South Park! Those Bastards! Brian L. Ott is Associate Professor of Media Studies at Colorado State University. He is author of The Small Screen: How Television Equips Us to Live in the Information Age. Cara Louise Buckley is a lecturer at Emerson College.

Collecting and the Internet

Author: Susan Koppelman
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9780786438457
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The Internet has had a profound effect on collecting--because of the Web, collectibles are now more readily available, collections more easily displayed for a wider audience, and collectors' online communities are larger and often quite intimate. In addition, the Web has added new items to the pantheon of collectibles, including digital bits that, whether considered virtual or material, are nevertheless collectible. In this work, essays discuss the age-old habit of collecting and its modern relationship with the Internet. Topics include individually authored websites, online auctions, watches, eyewear, Kelly dolls, the gambler's rush of online acquisition, mp3s, collecting friends via online social networking sites, and online museums, among others.

Stolz und Vorurteil und Zombies

Author: Jane Austen
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 3641047838
Format: PDF
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Jane Austen dreht sich im Grabe um ... Der gut aussehende Mr. Darcy und ihre eigenen widersprüchlichen Gefühle sind diesmal nur die geringsten Probleme, mit denen sich Elizabeth Bennet herumschlagen muss. Denn aus London ergießt sich eine Horde von Untoten über das Land, und Lizzie sieht sich plötzlich vor eine Entscheidung gestellt: entweder ein Leben zusammen mit Mr. Darcy oder Tod den Zombies. Oder doch beides?

Converging Media

Author: Shawn McIntosh
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780190271510
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Placing convergence at the center of the discussion, this text uses the technologies we employ every day to explain our current media environment, and to project where we might be headed. Rather than discussing each media industry in isolation, Converging Media shows how each branch of media -print, visual, and audio - relates to and influences the others.