Goddesses and Monsters: Women, Myth, Power, and Popular Culture / Edition 1

Goddesses and Monsters: Women, Myth, Power, and Popular Culture / Edition 1

by Jane Caputi
     
 

ISBN-10: 0299196240

ISBN-13: 9780299196240

Pub. Date: 07/30/2004

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press

Caputi (women's studies and communication, Florida Atlantic U.) describes popular culture as a repository of ancient myth and folklore that constitute a "dreamtime" into which we over-organized moderns can escape but which actually constitutes a powerful language construct that can transform for both good and evil. Pop culture contains this power but has the ability…  See more details below

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Caputi (women's studies and communication, Florida Atlantic U.) describes popular culture as a repository of ancient myth and folklore that constitute a "dreamtime" into which we over-organized moderns can escape but which actually constitutes a powerful language construct that can transform for both good and evil. Pop culture contains this power but has the ability to also contain things that are usually unspoken, such as the ritualized murder of women. Very little about what pop culture has to say about women goes unsaid in this collection of essays, as Caputi explains a wide array of pop media to support her contention that the mythical construct of women as suitable mainly for slaughter, be it physical, emotional, or spiritual, has survived and even grown in the extended period between the toga and the stiletto heel. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299196240
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
07/30/2004
Series:
Ray and Pat Browne Book Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
1,355,504
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : tracing the goddess/facing the monster3
Pt. 1Patriarchal myth
1Jaws as patriarchal myth23
2Sleeping with the enemy as Pretty woman part II?37
3Femme noire (with Lauri Sagle)51
4The pornography of everyday life74
Pt. 2Gods and monsters
5The new founding fathers : the lore and lure of the serial killer in contemporary culture119
6American psychos141
7Small ceremonies : ritual in Natural born killers, Forrest Gump, and Follow me home162
8The gods we worship : sexual murder as religious sacrifice182
Pt. 3Myth and technology
9Seeing elephants : the myths of phallotechnology209
10Sex, radiation, and the sacred243
11Unthinkable fathering : connecting incest and nuclearism269
12On the lap of necessity : myth and technology through the energetics philosophy of Teresa Brennan289
Pt. 4Female potency
13Goddesses and monsters315
14The second coming of Diana342
15Facing change : African mythic origins in Octavia Butler's parable novels366
16The naked goddess : pornography, female potency, and the sacred370
17The cyborg or the goddess?387

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