Ordinary Reactions To Extraordinary Events

Overview

The essays in this collection present communities beset by unexpected social and physical events. Some outline immediate responses that soon pass and some that will not go away. Who would have foreseen that Elvis would be a phenomenon apparently as lasting as the faces on Mount Rushmore? Cultural history will not allow us to forget the H. G. Wells account of the Martian attack, nor can we ever forget the continued terror of the Chernobyl explosion. Ordinary Reactions to Extraordinary Events catalogues on the ...

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Overview

The essays in this collection present communities beset by unexpected social and physical events. Some outline immediate responses that soon pass and some that will not go away. Who would have foreseen that Elvis would be a phenomenon apparently as lasting as the faces on Mount Rushmore? Cultural history will not allow us to forget the H. G. Wells account of the Martian attack, nor can we ever forget the continued terror of the Chernobyl explosion. Ordinary Reactions to Extraordinary Events catalogues on the Geiger counter of human emotions societal reactions to events both earthshaking and culture-disturbing.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879728342
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 274
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Dead or Alive: Conspiracy Theories as a Form of Public Mourning 21
2 Fall of an American Adam: The Death of John F. Kennedy Junior 43
3 An Oddly Suitable Death (Princess Di) 59
4 Reconstructing the King: Death Narratives of Elvis Presley in the 1980s 73
5 Columbine: An Exploration of the Hyperreal in Televisual Chaos 88
6 The Oklahoma City Bombing: Our Responses, Our Memories 102
7 The [Fallen] Body: The Crisis of Meaning in Sankai Juku's "Jomon Sho" 122
8 Toward a Methodology of Disasters: The Case of the Princess Sophia 137
9 The Johnstown Flood (1889): Magnates, Mill Workers, Mud, and Misery 150
10 Bangs and Whimpers: The German Public and Two Zeppelin Disasters, 1908-1937 172
11 The Collapse of the Tay Bridge: Theodor Fontane, William McGonagall, and the Poetic Response to Humanity's First Technological Disaster 182
12 The Great Boston Molasses Flood: Newspaper Coverage and the Shaping of an Extraordinary Event 196
13 Mars Attacks! Wells, Welles, and Radio Panic: Or, the Story of the Century 210
14 Extraordinary Nature as the Holy 222
15 Popular Culture and Mt. St. Helens: A Study of a Response 232
16 Public Perception and Assessment of the Communities' States of Living in the Major Disaster Areas in Russia 243
Epilogue 257
Contributors 265
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