Titanic Century: Media, Myth, and the Making of a Cultural Icon

Titanic Century: Media, Myth, and the Making of a Cultural Icon

by Paul Heyer


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This book presents a revealing look at our 100-year fascination with the Titanic disaster and the various media that have been involved in reporting, preserving, and immortalizing the event.

• Illustrated with photographs, a painting, and a movie poster

• A comprehensive bibliography organized according to each of the three parts of the book

• A comprehensive index of subjects and names

• Appendices of several songs and poems pertaining to the Titanic

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313398155
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/05/2012
Pages: 211
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Paul Heyer is professor of communication studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. His published works include Communications and History; The Medium and the Magician: Orson Welles—the Radio Years; and a coedited textbook, Communication in History: Technology, Culture, Society.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction: From Triumph to Tragedy 1

Part 1 Wireless World 21

Chapter 1 Enter Marconi 23

Chapter 2 Wireless at Work 35

Chapter 3 Sarnoff's Luck 49

Chapter 4 The Call for Change 53

Part 2 Story of the Century 61

Chapter 5 The Battle for New York 63

Chapter 6 Carr Van Anda and the New York Times 79

Chapter 7 Canadian Journalists in New York (by Michael Dupuis) 91

Chapter 8 The Search for Answers 101

Part 3 Imagining Disaster 113

Chapter 9 Responses and Renderings in Literature 115

Chapter 10 The Sinking in Cinema 137

Chapter 11 Resurrection and Preservation 163

Chapter 12 Conclusion: The Titanic as Myth 181

Appendix 191

Bibliography 195

Index 201

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