Mystery, Violence, and Popular Culture: Essays

Mystery, Violence, and Popular Culture: Essays

by John G. Cawelti


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Mystery, Violence, and Popular Culture: Essays by John G. Cawelti

    Mystery, Violence, and Popular Culture is John G. Cawelti’s discussion of American popular culture and violence, from its precursors in Homer and Shakespeare to the Lone Ranger and Superman. Cawelti deciphers the overt sexuality, detached violence, and political intrigue embedded within Batman and .007. He analyzes the work of such famous pop-culture icons as Alfred Hitchcock, the Beatles, and Andy Warhol, and looks at a range of films, from Psycho and Dances with Wolves, and literature, from The Waste Land to Catch 22.
    Examples from popular movies, television, literature, and music, according to the author, characterize the evolving psychological, sociological, and political state of a nation. The book explores the relationship between racial and cultural groups in popular media such as Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman.  Here also are new perspectives on mystery literature, the detective story, and twentieth-century mystery writers from one of the founders of popular culture studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780299196301
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 07/28/2004
Series: Ray and Pat Browne Book
Edition description: 1
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

John G. Cawelti is professor emeritus of English and humanities at the University of Kentucky. His many books include Apostles of the Self-Made Man; Adventure, Mystery, and Romance; Leon Forrest; and The Six-Gun Mystique Sequel.

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