Mythologies of Violence in Postmodern Media

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Christopher Sharrett
Wayne State University Press, 1999 - Performing Arts - 453 pages
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Violence has been a topic of continued concern within American culture and society. Although there have been numerous sociological and historical studies of violence and its origins, there is relatively little systematic analysis of violence within media representation, even as this issue becomes preeminent within public discourse. This anthology examines a number of issues related to violence within the media landscape, using various methodologies to suggest the implications of the increasing obsession with violence for postmodern civilization.
  

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This book would serve as an excellent introduction to any new criminologist as the material covered in it is basic and straightforward and does not incorporate much outside thought. The facets of media presented throughout the book are highly recognizable, which allows the respective authors to have their points made in a clear and concise fashion. This book is also recommended to experienced criminologists to challenge their thoughts and opinions on each article. As the articles are fairly easy to understand, this has the potential to critically engage the experienced audience and to present them with an opportunity to challenge their own conceptions on media and crime.
Reviewed by: PATRICK MACRAE
 

Contents

Acknowledgments
7
The Pure Products of America
23
and Its Impact on Psychokiller Cinema
41
Performance Anxiety
65
Failure of Sacrifice
85
Serial Murder
119
GENDER VIOLENCE AND MALE MADNESS
145
Hollywood Action Film
199
Constructions
301
OTHERNESS ALIENS AND TRAUMA
317
Invasions Abductions
345
Sex and Violence in Postmodern
361
Postcolonialism
381
Hard Target
397
Sacrificial Violence and Postmodern Ideology
413
Selected Bibliography
435

Martyrdom and Masculinity
227
THE IMAGE As POLICEMAN
247
Blindness
275
Contributors
441
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Christopher Sharrett is an associate professor of communications at Seton Hall University. He is the editor of Crisis Cinema: The Apocalyptic Idea in Postmodem Narrative Film (Maisonneuve Press, 1993).

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