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V for Vendetta as Cultural Pastiche

V for Vendetta as Cultural Pastiche [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1476604975
Author: James R. Keller
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V for Vendetta as Cultural Pastiche by James R. Keller Book Resume:

The 2005 James McTeigue and Wachowski Brothers film V for Vendetta represents a postmodern pastiche, a collection of fragments pasted together from the original Moore and Lloyd graphic novel of the same name, along with numerous allusions to literature, history, cinema, music, art, politics, and medicine. Paralleling the graphic novel, the film simultaneously reflects a range of authorial contributions and influences. This work examines in detail the intersecting texts of V for Vendetta. Subjects include the alternative dimensions of the cinematic narrative, represented in the film’s conspicuous placement of the painting The Lady of Shalott in V’s home; the film’s overt allusions to the AIDS panic of the 1980s; and the ways in which antecedent narratives such as Terry Gilliam’s Brazil, Huxley’s Brave New World, and Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 represent shadow texts frequently crossing through the overall V for Vendetta narrative.

The Deep End of South Park

The Deep End of South Park [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0786453338
Author: Leslie Stratyner,James R. Keller
Publisher: McFarland
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The Deep End of South Park by Leslie Stratyner,James R. Keller Book Resume:

No American television show of the past decade has been vilified as has Comedy Central’s South Park. This is the show that has featured, in turn, a nine-year-old boy enmeshed in an affair with Ben Affleck, a maniacal Mel Gibson smearing feces everywhere, and the misadventures of Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo, a talking, bouncing, singing piece of poop. While it’s not always an exercise in good taste, South Park is a socially significant satire that has also devoted entire episodes to interpretations of Great Expectations, Ken Burns’ Civil War, and Hamlet. This volume explores the popularity and cultural relevance of South Park and its place as an artistically and politically worthy satire.

The English Renaissance in Popular Culture

The English Renaissance in Popular Culture [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0230106447
Author: G. Semenza
Publisher: Springer
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The English Renaissance in Popular Culture by G. Semenza Book Resume:

This book considers popular culture's confrontations with the history, thought, and major figures of the English Renaissance through an analysis of 'period films,' television productions, popular literature, and punk music.

Masculinity and Monstrosity in Contemporary Hollywood Films

Masculinity and Monstrosity in Contemporary Hollywood Films [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 113735982X
Author: K. Combe,B. Boyle
Publisher: Springer
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Masculinity and Monstrosity in Contemporary Hollywood Films by K. Combe,B. Boyle Book Resume:

In film, Men are good and Monsters are bad. In this book, Combe and Boyle consider the monstrous body as a metaphor for the cultural body and regard gendered behavior as a matter of performativity. Taken together, these two identity positions, manliness and monsterliness, offer a window into the workings of current American society.

From Comic Strips to Graphic Novels

From Comic Strips to Graphic Novels [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 311028202X
Author: Daniel Stein,Jan-Noël Thon
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
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From Comic Strips to Graphic Novels by Daniel Stein,Jan-Noël Thon Book Resume:

This essay collection examines the theory and history of graphic narrative – realized in various different formats, including comic strips, comic books, and graphic novels – as one of the most interesting and versatile forms of storytelling in contemporary media culture. The contributions assembled in this volume test the applicability of narratological concepts to graphic narrative, examine aspects of graphic narrative beyond the ‘single work,’ consider the development of particular narrative strategies within individual genres, and trace the forms and functions of graphic narrative across cultures. Analyzing a wide range of texts, genres, and narrative strategies from both theoretical and historical perspectives, the international group of scholars gathered here offers state-of-the-art research on graphic narrative in the context of an increasingly postclassical and transmedial narratology.

Transmedial Narratology and Contemporary Media Culture

Transmedial Narratology and Contemporary Media Culture [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0803288379
Author: Jan-Noël Thon
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
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Transmedial Narratology and Contemporary Media Culture by Jan-Noël Thon Book Resume:

Narratives are everywhere--and since a significant part of contemporary media culture is defined by narrative forms, media studies need a genuinely transmedial narratology. Against this background, Transmedial Narratology and Contemporary Media Culture focuses on the intersubjective construction of storyworlds as well as on prototypical forms of narratorial and subjective representation. This book provides not only a method for the analysis of salient transmedial strategies of narrative representation in contemporary films, comics, and video games but also a theoretical frame within which medium-specific approaches from literary and film narratology, from comics studies and game studies, and from various other strands of media and cultural studies may be applied to further our understanding of narratives across media.

Watchmen as Literature

Watchmen as Literature [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0786490071
Author: Sara J. Van Ness
Publisher: McFarland
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Watchmen as Literature by Sara J. Van Ness Book Resume:

Watchmen has been hailed as the quintessential graphic novel and has spawned a body of literary criticism since its 1986 initial appearance in installments. This work explores the graphic novel’s reception in both popular and scholarly arenas and how the conceptual relationship between images and words affects the reading experience. Other topics include heroism as a stereotype, the hero’s journey, the role of the narrator, and the way in which the graphic layout manipulates the reader’s perception of time and space. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.

V for Vendetta (New Edition)

V for Vendetta (New Edition) [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1401236316
Author: Alan Moore
Publisher: Vertigo
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V for Vendetta (New Edition) by Alan Moore Book Resume:

A powerful story about loss of freedom and individuality, V FOR VENDETTA takes place in atotalitarian England following a devastating war that changed the face of the planet. In a world without political freedom, personal freedom and precious little faith in anything, comes a mysterious man in a white porcelain mask who fightspolitical oppressors through terrorism and seemingly absurd acts in this gripping tale of the blurred lines between ideological good and evil.

The Ages of the Black Panther

The Ages of the Black Panther [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1476639329
Author: Joseph J. Darowski
Publisher: McFarland
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The Ages of the Black Panther by Joseph J. Darowski Book Resume:

Black Panther was the first black superhero in mainstream comic books, and his most iconic adventures are analyzed here. This collection of new essays explores Black Panther's place in the Marvel universe, focusing on the comic books. With topics ranging from the impact apartheid and the Black Panther Party had on the comic to theories of gender and animist imagery, these essays analyze individual storylines and situate them within the socio-cultural framework of the time periods in which they were created, drawing connections that deepen understanding of both popular culture and the movements of society. Supporting characters such as Everett K. Ross and T'Challa's sister Shuri are also considered. From his creation in 1966 by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee up through the character's recent adventures by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze, more than fifty years of the Black Panther's history are addressed.

Jerusalem

Jerusalem [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1631491350
Author: Alan Moore
Publisher: Liveright Publishing
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Jerusalem by Alan Moore Book Resume:

The New York Times bestseller from the author of Watchmen and V for Vendetta finally appears in a one-volume paperback. Begging comparisons to Tolstoy and Joyce, this “magnificent, sprawling cosmic epic” (Guardian) by Alan Moore—the genre-defying, “groundbreaking, hairy genius of our generation” (NPR)—takes its place among the most notable works of contemporary English literature. In decaying Northampton, eternity loiters between housing projects. Among saints, kings, prostitutes, and derelicts, a timeline unravels: second-century fiends wait in urine-scented stairwells, delinquent specters undermine a century with tunnels, and in upstairs parlors, laborers with golden blood reduce fate to a snooker tournament. Through the labyrinthine streets and pages of Jerusalem tread ghosts singing hymns of wealth and poverty. They celebrate the English language, challenge mortality post-Einstein, and insist upon their slum as Blake’s eternal holy city in “Moore’s apotheosis, a fourth-dimensional symphony” (Entertainment Weekly). This “brilliant . . . monumentally ambitious” tale from the gutter is “a massive literary achievement for our time—and maybe for all times simultaneously” (Washington Post).

Alice in Sunderland

Alice in Sunderland [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1630084042
Author: Bryan Talbot
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
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Alice in Sunderland by Bryan Talbot Book Resume:

Sunderland! Thirteen hundred years ago it was the greatest center of learning in the whole of Christendom and the very cradle of English consciousness. In the time of Lewis Carroll it was the greatest shipbuilding port in the world. To this city that gave the world the electric light bulb, the stars and stripes, the millennium, the Liberty Ships and the greatest British dragon legend came Carroll in the years preceding his most famous book, Alice in Wonderland, and here are buried the roots of his surreal masterpiece. Enter the famous Edwardian palace of varieties, The Sunderland Empire, for a unique experience: an entertaining and epic meditation on myth, history and storytelling and decide for yourself — does Sunderland really exist?

Nemo: Heart of Ice

Nemo: Heart of Ice [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1603092870
Author: Alan Moore,Kevin O'Neill
Publisher: Top Shelf Productions
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Nemo: Heart of Ice by Alan Moore,Kevin O'Neill Book Resume:

AN ALL-NEW LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN ADVENTURE! Co-Published by Top Shelf Productions & Knockabout. In the grim cold of February surfaces a thrilling new League of Extraordinary Gentlemen book: NEMO: HEART OF ICE, a full-color 56-page adventure in the classic pulp tradition by the inestimable Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill. It's 1925, fifteen long years since Janni Dakkar first tried to escape the legacy of her dying science-pirate father, only to accept her destiny as the new Nemo, captain of the legendary Nautilus. Now, tired of her unending spree of plunder and destruction, Janni launches a grand expedition to surpass her father's greatest failure: the exploration of Antarctica. Hot on her frozen trail are a trio of genius inventors, hired by an influential publishing tycoon to retrieve the plundered valuables of an African queen. It's a deadly race to the bottom of the world -- an uncharted land of wonder and horror where time is broken and the mountains bring madness. Jules Verne meets H.P. Lovecraft in the unforgettable final showdown, lost in the living, beating and appallingly inhuman HEART OF ICE.

Capitalist Realism

Capitalist Realism [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1780997345
Author: Mark Fisher
Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
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Capitalist Realism by Mark Fisher Book Resume:

After 1989, capitalism has successfully presented itself as the only realistic political-economic system - a situation that the bank crisis of 2008, far from ending, actually compounded. The book analyses the development and principal features of this capitalist realism as a lived ideological framework. Using examples from politics, films, fiction, work and education, it argues that capitalist realism colours all areas of contemporary experience. But it will also show that, because of a number of inconsistencies and glitches internal to the capitalist reality program capitalism in fact is anything but realistic.

Life Sentences

Life Sentences [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0307957446
Author: William H. Gass
Publisher: Knopf
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Life Sentences by William H. Gass Book Resume:

A dazzling new collection of essays—on reading, writing, form, and thought—from one of America’s master writers. It begins with the personal, both past and present. It emphasizes Gass’s lifelong attachment to books and moves on to the more analytical, as he ponders the work of some of his favorite writers (among them Kafka, Nietzsche, Henry James, Gertrude Stein, Proust). He writes about a few topics equally burning but less loved (the Nobel Prize–winner and Nazi sympathizer Knut Hamsun; the Holocaust). Finally, Gass ponders theoretical matters connected with literature: form and metaphor, and specifically, one of its genetic parts—the sentence. Gass embraces the avant-garde but applies a classic standard of writing to all literature, which is clear in these essays, or, as he describes them, literary judgments and accounts. Life Sentences is William Gass at his Gassian best.

Guy Fawkes Or The Gunpowder Treason - An Historical Romance

Guy Fawkes Or The Gunpowder Treason - An Historical Romance [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1473370264
Author: William Harrison Ainsworth
Publisher: Read Books Ltd
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Guy Fawkes Or The Gunpowder Treason - An Historical Romance by William Harrison Ainsworth Book Resume:

This early work is William Harrison Ainsworth’s 1841 historical romance, “Guy Fawkes Or The Gunpowder Treason”. The first book in Ainsworth’s of "Lancashire novels" series, it deals with the infamous Gunpowder Plot of 1605. An exciting and masterful retelling of the scheme to destroy British Parliament, this book is highly recommended for lovers of historical fiction, and constitutes a must-read for fans of Ainsworth’s work. William Harrison Ainsworth (1805–1882) was an English novelist, famous for his historical fiction. Many classic books such as this are becoming increasingly rare and expensive. We are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author.

The Genius of Parody

The Genius of Parody [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0230286518
Author: R. Mack
Publisher: Springer
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The Genius of Parody by R. Mack Book Resume:

Recent theoretical approaches have compelled critics to rethink many received notions regarding the significance of contemporary parodic activity. This study places parody firmly (if paradoxically) where it belongs: at the centre of the literary-creative process in the literature of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth centuries.

Fool

Fool [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 9780061974779
Author: Christopher Moore
Publisher: Harper Collins
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Fool by Christopher Moore Book Resume:

“Hilarious, always inventive, this is a book for all, especially uptight English teachers, bardolaters, and ministerial students.” —Dallas Morning News Fool—the bawdy and outrageous New York Times bestseller from the unstoppable Christopher Moore—is a hilarious new take on William Shakespeare’s King Lear…as seen through the eyes of the foolish liege’s clownish jester, Pocket. A rousing tale of “gratuitous shagging, murder, spanking, maiming, treason, and heretofore unexplored heights of vulgarity and profanity,” Fool joins Moore’s own Lamb, Fluke, The Stupidest Angel, and You Suck! as modern masterworks of satiric wit and sublimely twisted genius, prompting Carl Hiassen to declare Christopher Moore “a very sick man, in the very best sense of the word.”

Digimodernism

Digimodernism [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1441154167
Author: Alan Kirby
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
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Digimodernism by Alan Kirby Book Resume:

A bold new challenge to postmodern theory The increasing irrelevance of postmodernism requires a new theory to underpin our current digital culture. Almost without anybody noticing, a new cultural paradigm has taken center stage, displacing an exhausted and increasingly marginalized postmodernism. Alan Kirby calls this cultural paradigm digimodernism, a name comprising both its central technical mode and the privileging of fingers and thumbs inherent in its use. Beginning with the Internet (digimodernism's most important locus), then taking into account television, cinema, computer games, music, radio, etc., Kirby analyzes the emergence and implications of these diverse media, coloring our cultural landscape with new ideas on texts and how they work. This new kind of text produces distinctive forms of author and reader/viewer, which, in turn, lead to altered notions of authority, 'truth' and legitimization. With users intervening physically in the creation of texts, our electronically-dependent society is becoming more involved in the grand narrative. To clarify these trends, Kirby compares them to the contrasting tendencies of the preceding postmodern era. In defining this new cultural age, the author avoids both facile euphoria and pessimistic fatalism, aiming instead to understand and thereby gain control of a cultural mode which seems, as though from nowhere, to have engulfed our society. With new technologies unfolding almost daily, this work will help to categorize and explain our new digital world and our place in it, as well as equip us with a better understanding of the digital technologies that have a massive impact on our culture.

Kill All Normies

Kill All Normies [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1785355449
Author: Angela Nagle
Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
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Kill All Normies by Angela Nagle Book Resume:

Recent years have seen a revival of the heated culture wars of the 1990s, but this time its battle ground is the internet. On one side the "alt right" ranges from the once obscure neo-reactionary and white separatist movements, to geeky subcultures like 4chan, to more mainstream manifestations such as the Trump-supporting gay libertarian Milo Yiannopolous. On the other side, a culture of struggle sessions and virtue signalling lurks behind a therapeutic language of trigger warnings and safe spaces. The feminist side of the online culture wars has its equally geeky subcultures right through to its mainstream expression. Kill All Normies explores some of the cultural genealogies and past parallels of these styles and subcultures, drawing from transgressive styles of 60s libertinism and conservative movements, to make the case for a rejection of the perpetual cultural turn.

Alan Moore

Alan Moore [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1628467282
Author: Eric L. Berlatsky
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
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Alan Moore by Eric L. Berlatsky Book Resume:

British comics writer Alan Moore (b. 1953) has a reputation for equal parts brilliance and eccentricity. Living hermit-like in the same Midlands town for his entire life, he supposedly refuses contact with the outside world while creating his strange, dense comics, fiction, and performance art. While Moore did declare himself a wizard on his fortieth birthday and claims to have communed with extradimensional beings, reticence and seclusion have never been among his eccentricities. On the contrary, for long stretches of his career Moore seemed to be willing to chat with all comers: fanzines, industry magazines, other artists, newspapers, magazines, and personal websites. Well over one hundred interviews in the past thirty years serve as testimony to Moore's willingness to be engaged in productive conversation. Alan Moore: Conversations includes ten substantial interviews, beginning with Moore's first published conversation, conducted by V for Vendetta cocreator David Lloyd in 1981. The remainder cover nearly all of his major works, including Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Swamp Thing, Marvelman, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Promethea, From Hell, Lost Girls, and the unfinished Big Numbers. While Moore's personal life and fraught business relations are discussed occasionally, the interviews chosen are principally devoted to Moore's creative practices and techniques, along with his shifting social, political, and philosophical beliefs. As such, Alan Moore: Conversations should add to any reader's enjoyment and understanding of Moore's work.