At Stake: Monsters and the Rhetoric of Fear in Public Culture

At Stake: Monsters and the Rhetoric of Fear in Public Culture

by Edward Ingebretsen, Edward J. Ingebretsen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226380076

ISBN-13: 9780226380070

Pub. Date: 10/28/2003

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Anyone who watches the evening news is all too familiar with how the word "monster" is used to describe acts of violence. In this book, Edward Ingebretsen sets out to discover what is really at stake when we turn someone into a "monster." The monster, he finds, serves a moralizing function in our culture, making exaggerated examples of particular evildoers in order

Overview

Anyone who watches the evening news is all too familiar with how the word "monster" is used to describe acts of violence. In this book, Edward Ingebretsen sets out to discover what is really at stake when we turn someone into a "monster." The monster, he finds, serves a moralizing function in our culture, making exaggerated examples of particular evildoers in order to reaffirm prevailing standards of behavior and personal conduct.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226380070
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Series:
Supreme Court Review Ser.
Edition description:
1
Pages:
355
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Prologue: What the Angle Said
Introduction: Thinking about Monsters

1 Gothic Returns: Haunts and Profits
2 Drive-by Shouting
3 Redressing Andrew: Cunanan's Killing Queerness
4 Susan Smith: When Angels Fall
5 Reading the Starr: Scandal and Auguries
6 Death by Narrative
7 Sacred Monster: Matthew Shepard

Coda: Common Weal, Common Woe
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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