The Supernatural Revamped

The Supernatural Revamped
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Barbara Brodman
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This book presents the supernatural as a truly international phenomenon, not restricted to the original folk characters, their literary representations, or popular media. Instead, we move around the world and into the twenty-first century, reshaping legends into a post-modern image that is psychologically and socially relevant.
This book is the logical continuation of a series of collected essays examining the origins and evolution of myths and legends of the supernatural in Western and non-Western tradition and popular culture. The first two volumes of the series, The Universal Vampire: Origins and Evolution of a Legend (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2013) and Images of the Modern Vampire: The Hip and the Atavistic. (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2013) focused on the vampire legend. The essays in this collection expand that scope to include a multicultural and multigeneric discussion of a pantheon of supernatural creatures who interact and cross species-specific boundaries with ease. Angels and demons are discussed from the perspective of supernatural allegory, angelic ethics and supernatural heredity and genetics. Fairies, sorcerers, witches and werewolves are viewed from the perspectives of popular nightmare tales, depictions of race and ethnicity, popular public discourse and cinematic imagery. Discussions of the “undead and still dead” include images of death messengers and draugar, zombies and vampires in literature, popular media and Japanese anime.


Barbara Brodman and James E Doan

Part One: Ethereals and Terrestrials

1Of Angels and Demons: Staging the Demise of Irelands Celtic Tiger through Supernatural Allegory

C. Austin Hill

2No More Mr. Nice Angel: Angelic Ethics from Paradise Lost to Supernatural

Scott Culpepper

3The Nightmare Tales of J. S. Le Fanu

Paul E. H. Davis

4Of Fairies and Sorcerers: Dichotomous Depictions of Race and Ethnicity in 1980s Fantasy

Kathleen W. Taylor Kollman

5Philosophers and Demons: Socrates, Descartes and the Search for Certainty Darren Hibbs

6The Haunting of a Nation: Ghostly Public Discourses and the Making of Caribbean Nationhood

Andrea Shaw Nevins

7An American Werewolf in Trelleborg: Representation of the Werewolf in Swedish Folk Belief and Popular Culture

Tommy Kuusela

8Magic Mexican Modernity: The Shifting Image of Witches and Witchcraft in the Movies

Claudia Schaefer and Raúl Rodríguez-Hernández

9Deborah Harkness's All Souls Trilogy, Supernatural Heredity, and "Creature" Genetics

Ashley Szanter

Part Two: The Undead and Still Dead

10An Anime Dullahan: The Irish Death Messenger Adapted in Japanese Popular Culture

Masaya Shimokusu

11Re-dressing Revenants: Anxieties of the Body, the Self and Desire When the Undead Make a Stylish Return

Sarah Heaton

12From Vampires to Zombies: The Revisionist Recreation of I Am Legend

Jessica E. Birch

13Dying to Love You: The Evolution of the Romantic Zombie

Simon Bacon

14Undead Yakuza: The Japanese Zombie Movie, Cultural Resonance and Generic Conventions

Kayleigh Murphy and Mark David Ryan

15Look at the Flowers: Female Evolution in the Face of the Zombie Hordes of The Walking Dead

Cynthia Vinney and Caryn Wiley-Rapoport

16From White Zombies to Night Zombies and Beyond: The Evolution of the Zombie in Western Popular Culture

Todd K. Platts

17From Saga to Skyrim: The Literary and Multimedia Reception of the Norse-Icelandic Draugr Myth

Matthias Teichert

Selected Bibliography


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