Violence in American Popular Culture

Editor: Schmid, David
Publication Year: 2015
Publisher: Praeger

ISBN: 978-1-44-083205-5
Category: Social Sciences - Contemporary Issues & Controversies
Book Status: Pending
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This work aims to remedy that through a series of concise, detailed essays that explore why violence has always been a fundamental part of American popular culture, the ways in which it has appeared, and how the nature and expression of interest in it have changed over time.

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Table of Contents

  • Foreword: American Popular Culture—There Will Be Blood - Harold Schechter
  • Introduction: Recovering American Violence - David Schmid
  • Chapter One The Vanishing Trace of Violence in Native American Literature and Film - Tim Bryant
  • Chapter Two The Politics of Pain: Representing the Violence of Slavery in American Popular Culture - Erica L. Ball
  • Chapter Three Natural Laws, Unnatural Violence, and the Psychophysical Experience of the Civil War Generation in America - Kent A. McConnell
  • Chapter Four World War II in American Popular Culture, 1945–Present - Robert K. Chester
  • Chapter Five American Dreams and Nightmares: Remembering the Civil Rights Movement - Jennifer Louise Field
  • Chapter Six Exploring Popular Cultural Narratives of Gender Violence - Susan J. Tyburski
  • Chapter Seven Vigilant Citizens and Horrific Heroes: Perpetuating the Positive Portrayal of Vigilantes - Erik Mortensen
  • Chapter Eight The Violent Gang in American Popular Culture: From Pirates and Cowboys to Bikers and Gangstas - Chris Richardson
  • Chapter Nine Fear and Loathing in Suburbia: School Shootings - David McWilliam
  • Chapter Ten Fatal Attraction: The Serial Killer in American Popular Culture - Abby Bentham
  • Chapter Eleven Presidential Violence - David Hoogland Noon
  • Chapter Twelve September 11 and Beyond: The Influence of 9/11 on American Film and Television - Katarina Gregersdotter
  • Chapter Thirteen The War on Terror in American Popular Culture - Maryam Khalid
  • Introduction: Recovering American Violence - David Schmid
  • Chapter One Traversing the Boundaries of Moral Deviance: New England Execution Sermons, 1674–1825 - Daniel Belczak
  • Chapter Two Reading between the Lines: The Penny Press and the Purpose of Making Violence News - Mark Bernhardt
  • Chapter Three The Coy, the Graphic, and the Ugly: Violence in Dime Novels - Pamela Bedore
  • Chapter Four “She Decided to Kill Her Husband”: Housewives in Contemporary American Fictions of Crime - Charlotte Beyer
  • Chapter Five Hard-Boiled Detectives and the Roman Noir Tradition - Rachel Franks
  • Chapter Six Violence, the Production Code, and Film Noir - Homer B. Pettey
  • Chapter Seven From Knights to Knights-Errant: The Evolution of Westerns through Portrayals of Violence - Nathan Wuertenberg
  • Chapter Eight Modus Operandi: Continuity and Change in Television Crime Drama at the Forensic Turn - Jules Odendahl-James
  • Chapter Nine Documenting Murder before In Cold Blood: The 1950s Origins of True-Crime - Jean Murley
  • Chapter Ten Capote's Children: Patterns of Violence in Contemporary American True-Crime Narratives - David Schmid
  • Chapter Eleven “I'm Not Prepared to Die”: Murdered-Girl Tunes in Appalachia - Courtney Brooks
  • Chapter Twelve AmeriKKKa's Human Sacrifice: Blackness, Gangsta Rap, and Authentic Villainy - Seth Cosimini
  • Chapter Thirteen “Violent Lives”: The Representation of Violence in American Comics - Jesús Jiménez-Varea and Antonio Pineda
  • Chapter Fourteen “Command and Conquer”: Video Games and Violence - Jennifer Jenson, Milena Droumeva, and Suzanne de Castell
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