Car Crash Culture

Car Crash Culture

by M. Brottman
     
 

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A morbidly fascinating and articulate collection of essays, this book explores the grim underside of America's cult of the automobile and the disturbing, frequently conspiratorial, speculations that arise whenever the car becomes the cause or the site of human death. Through analysis of fatal celebrity car accidents and other examples of death by automobile, as well

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A morbidly fascinating and articulate collection of essays, this book explores the grim underside of America's cult of the automobile and the disturbing, frequently conspiratorial, speculations that arise whenever the car becomes the cause or the site of human death. Through analysis of fatal celebrity car accidents and other examples of death by automobile, as well as through personal memoir and forensic reports, cultural critics ponder our very human fascination with the car crash. Topics include the roles and experiences of passengers and bystanders, car crash conspiracy theories, the automobile as a site of murder, studies of car crash cinema, and psychological interpretations of the notion of the 'accident.' The book features original essays by such underground icons as Kenneth Anger and Adam Parfrey.

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From the Publisher

'Well worth the ride.' - Cercles

'Car Crash Culture is certain to challenge your perception of travel, and will definitely give your next drive a different perspective. Especially if you happen to pass an accident.' - Pansicus Revue

'...[a] delicious anthology...when doesn't a good crushed Ford Pinto make good bedtime reading?' - www.indieWire.com

'A stimulating collection...' - South Atlantic Review

Library Journal
Brottman (literature, Maryland Inst. Coll. of Art) has put together an eclectic mix of essays related, however tangentially, to the phenomenon of car crashes in Western culture. The essays range from autobiographical accounts to accident investigation reports, reports of serial killers, and scholarly treatments of the deaths of Princess Diana and Mary Jo Kopechne. While many of the essays are serious and quite scholarly, some seem to be included for shock value only. For example, the two autopsy reports of deaths related to erotic activities with cars include no explanations of why they are significant for this kind of study and how they relate to the topics discussed in the other essays. Also, the book includes several grisly photographs that seem gratuitous and add little to the text. What the publishers tout as the "underside of America's cult of the automobile" is an area worthy of studious examination, but this book adds little to the body of knowledge. Not recommended. Mark Bay, Hagan Memorial Lib., Cumberland Coll., Williamsburg, KY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312240387
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
03/11/2002
Edition description:
2002
Pages:
356
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.04(d)

Meet the Author

Mikita Brottman is Assistant Professor of Literature at the Maryland Institute College of Art and has published books on horror films, cult cinema, and the history of cannibalism. She writes for a number of alternative and underground publications.

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