The Supernatural Revamped

The Supernatural Revamped
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Artikel-Nr:
9781611478655
Seiten:
274
Autor:
Barbara Brodman
eBook Typ:
Adobe Digital Editions
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

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.
Acknowledgments

Introduction


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


Index


About the Editors and Contributors

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