The Supernatural Revamped: From Timeworn Legends to Twenty-First-Century Chic

The Supernatural Revamped: From Timeworn Legends to Twenty-First-Century Chic

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This book is the logical continuation of a series of collected essays examining the origins and evolution of myths and legends of the supernatural in Western and non-Western tradition and popular culture. The first two volumes of the series, The Universal Vampire: Origins and Evolution of a Legend (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2013) and Images of the Modern Vampire: The Hip and the Atavistic. (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2013) focused on the vampire legend. The essays in this collection expand that scope to include a multicultural and multigeneric discussion of a pantheon of supernatural creatures who interact and cross species-specific boundaries with ease. Angels and demons are discussed from the perspective of supernatural allegory, angelic ethics and supernatural heredity and genetics. Fairies, sorcerers, witches and werewolves are viewed from the perspectives of popular nightmare tales, depictions of race and ethnicity, popular public discourse and cinematic imagery. Discussions of the “undead and still dead” include images of death messengers and draugar, zombies and vampires in literature, popular media and Japanese anime.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611478662
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
Publication date: 09/15/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Barbara Brodman is professor in the Department of History and Political Science at Nova Southeastern University.

James E. Doan is professor in the Department of Literature and Modern Languages at Nova Southeastern University.

Table of Contents

Barbara Brodman and James E Doan

Part One: Ethereals and Terrestrials
1 Of Angels and Demons: Staging the Demise of Ireland’s “Celtic Tiger” through Supernatural Allegory
C. Austin Hill
2 No More Mr. Nice Angel: Angelic Ethics from Paradise Lost to Supernatural
Scott Culpepper
3 The Nightmare Tales of J. S. Le Fanu
Paul E. H. Davis
4 Of Fairies and Sorcerers: Dichotomous Depictions of Race and Ethnicity in 1980s Fantasy
Kathleen W. Taylor Kollman
5 Philosophers and Demons: Socrates, Descartes and the Search for Certainty Darren Hibbs
6 The Haunting of a Nation: Ghostly Public Discourses and the Making of Caribbean Nationhood
Andrea Shaw Nevins
7 An American Werewolf in Trelleborg: Representation of the Werewolf in Swedish Folk Belief and Popular Culture
Tommy Kuusela
8 Magic Mexican Modernity: The Shifting Image of Witches and Witchcraft in the Movies
Claudia Schaefer and Raúl Rodríguez-Hernández
9 Deborah Harkness's All Souls Trilogy, Supernatural Heredity, and "Creature" Genetics
Ashley Szanter

Part Two: The Undead and Still Dead
10 An Anime Dullahan: The Irish Death Messenger Adapted in Japanese Popular Culture
Masaya Shimokusu
11 Re-dressing Revenants: Anxieties of the Body, the Self and Desire When the Undead Make a Stylish Return
Sarah Heaton
12 From Vampires to Zombies: The Revisionist Recreation of I Am Legend
Jessica E. Birch
13 Dying to Love You: The Evolution of the Romantic Zombie
Simon Bacon
14 Undead Yakuza: The Japanese Zombie Movie, Cultural Resonance and Generic Conventions
Kayleigh Murphy and Mark David Ryan
15 “Look at the Flowers”: Female Evolution in the Face of the Zombie Hordes of The Walking Dead
Cynthia Vinney and Caryn Wiley-Rapoport
16 From White Zombies to Night Zombies and Beyond: The Evolution of the Zombie in Western Popular Culture
Todd K. Platts
17 From Saga to Skyrim: The Literary and Multimedia Reception of the Norse-Icelandic Draugr Myth
Matthias Teichert

Selected Bibliography
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