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Monster Culture in the 21st Century A Reader

ISBN-10: 1441178392
ISBN-13: 9781441178398
Edition: 2013
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Description: In the past decade, our rapidly changing world faced terrorism, global epidemics, economic and social strife, new communication technologies, immigration, and climate change to name a few. These fears and tensions reflect an evermore-interconnected  More...

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List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic & Professional
Publication date: 5/23/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

In the past decade, our rapidly changing world faced terrorism, global epidemics, economic and social strife, new communication technologies, immigration, and climate change to name a few. These fears and tensions reflect an evermore-interconnected global environment where increased mobility of people, technologies, and disease have produced great social, political, and economical uncertainty.The essays in this collection examine how monstrosity has been used to manage these rising fears and tensions. Analyzing popular films and televisions shows, such asTrue Blood, Twilight, Paranormal Activity, District 9, Battlestar Galactica,andAvatar, it argues that monstrous narratives of the past decade have become omnipresent specifically because they represent collective social anxieties over resisting and embracing change in the 21st century.The first comprehensive text that uses monstrosity not just as a metaphor for change, but rather a necessary condition through which change is lived and experienced in the 21st century, this approach introduces a different perspective toward the study of monstrosity in culture.

Marina Levina is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Communication at the University of Memphis. Her research focuses on critical studies of science, technology and medicine, network and new media theory, visual culture, and media studies. She is an avid fan of monster and horror narratives and has written articles and book chapters on critical meaning of monsters, and especially their connection to scientific and medical cultural anxieties. She has also repeatedly taught a course on monster films. She is currently working on a book titled Pandemics in the Media (Peter Lang, forthcoming 2013). Recent publications include an edited collection Post-Global Network and Everyday Life (with Grant Kien, Peter Lang, 2010); a chapter in the volume A Foucault for the 21st Century: Governmentality, Biopolitics and Discipline in the New Millennium (edited by Sam Binkley and Jorge Capetillo, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009), and articles in Journal of Science Communication and in Spontaneous Generations: History and Philosophy of Science and Technology . You can find her at www.marinalevina.com.

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