American Psycho

American Psycho
Author: Bret Easton Ellis
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2010-06-09
ISBN: 0307756432
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

American Psycho Book Excerpt:

INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER • In this modern classic, the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author explores the incomprehensible depths of madness and captures the insanity of violence in our time or any other. Patrick Bateman moves among the young and trendy in 1980s Manhattan. Young, handsome, and well educated, Bateman earns his fortune on Wall Street by day while spending his nights in ways we cannot begin to fathom. Expressing his true self through torture and murder, Bateman prefigures an apocalyptic horror that no society could bear to confront. “A masterful satire and a ferocious, hilarious, ambitious, inspiring piece of writing, which has large elements of Jane Austen at her vitriolic best. An important book.” —Katherine Dunn, bestselling author of Geek Love

Un American Psycho

Un American Psycho
Author: Chris Dumas
Publsiher: Intellect Books
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2012
ISBN: 1841505544
Category: Art
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Un American Psycho Book Excerpt:

This book is moving around two intricately interwoven topics, the history of film studies and the failed scholarly reception (or perhaps just failed reception) of Brian De Palma's films, this book asks troubling, provocative questions not only about what and how De Palma's films mean in the cultural and scholarly imaginary, but about the causal relationship of politics to taste (in this sense it's a much needed updating of Bourdieu's work) and about a certain un-ease at the heart of film studies itself. Further, this book claims to provide an authoritative, onestop guide to the basic facts abo.

Bret Easton Ellis s American Psycho

Bret Easton Ellis s American Psycho
Author: Julian Murphet
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Total Pages: 96
Release: 2002-01-11
ISBN: 1441136738
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Bret Easton Ellis s American Psycho Book Excerpt:

This is part of a new series of guides to contemporary novels. The aim of the series is to give readers accessible and informative introductions to some of the most popular, most acclaimed and most influential novels of recent years - from 'The Remains of the Day' to 'White Teeth'. A team of contemporary fiction scholars from both sides of the Atlantic has been assembled to provide a thorough and readable analysis of each of the novels in question.

Parallelism of character and concept in American Psycho and Cosmopolis

Parallelism of character and concept in American Psycho and Cosmopolis
Author: Timm Gehrmann
Publsiher: GRIN Verlag
Total Pages: 16
Release: 2007-02-19
ISBN: 3638595110
Category: Literary Collections
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Parallelism of character and concept in American Psycho and Cosmopolis Book Excerpt:

Seminar paper from the year 2006 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 1,7, University of Wuppertal, course: Issues in American Society - Literary Negotiations, 2 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis and Cosmpolis by Don De Lillo both are stories that depict the decadence of their time, hinting at social, moral and political issues that are of importance in their respective times. In both books New York as the world centre of capitalism serves as a stage for two main characters who are shapen by the enormous amounts of money they have at their disposal. The characters and their interaction with society are the central points in both books. While Don De Lillo’s Cosmopolis deals at a time no clearly defined, which is probably supposed to be the post modern world of the early 2000s, Bret Easton Ellis’ book is set in the booming New York of the 80s where people who work on Wall Street are treated like pop stars and many of them well known as heroes of capitalism (e.g. Warren Buffet and Donald Trump). The book by Bret Easton Ellis takes us into this decadent cocain addicted world, that basically revolves the hunger for parties and sex. The book by Don De Lillo presents a totally different atmosphere. The atmosphere is rather shapen by fear of those that have come too short in the capitalist world and the security needs of those who work on wall street who have by now become anonymous figures, that may only be identified by their stretch limousines. The world of Cosmopolis has become darker and more dangerous; wild parties are no longer celebrated, just as get togethers of business people don’t seem to happen in public, mainly for security reasons. The pace of the world has also changed as computers and video transmit news from all over the world into cars that have become indistinguishable from offices. Yet both books have a lot in common in terms of the topics they deal with and the kinds of characters they portrait. While Cosmopolis only draws a kind of gloomy atmosphere, American Psycho is also one of the funniest books I have ever read and has been turned into a fantastic movie, with which I have compared some of the scenes.

Intimate Violence

Intimate Violence
Author: Laura E. Tanner
Publsiher: Indiana University Press
Total Pages: 172
Release: 1994-11-22
ISBN: 9780253115973
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Intimate Violence Book Excerpt:

"Tanner deals with the central question of all narrative texts: how the reader is manipulated into empathy or distance by the text.... This study... is the sort that needs to be redone in every classroom and by every mature reader.... Tanner offers provocative and useful discussions of rape and torture... " -- Choice "This thoughtful and disturbing book raises serious questions about 'the consequences... of reading representations of rape and torture.' " -- American Literature "In this incisive exploration of twentieth-century novels, art, and ads, Laura Tanner explains the mechanisms by which reader and viewer are implicated in violence. Equally effective as a challenge to textual assault is the grace and gentleness of Tanner's own prose. Intimate Violence signals the emergence of an astute and humane critical voice." -- Wendy Steiner Through an examination of such notorious works as The White Hotel and American Psycho, Laura Tanner leads us in a disturbing exploration of the reader's complicity with fictional depictions of intimate violence.

Utopia and Dystopia in the Age of Trump

Utopia and Dystopia in the Age of Trump
Author: Barbara Brodman,James E. Doan
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 244
Release: 2019-06-04
ISBN: 1683931688
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Utopia and Dystopia in the Age of Trump Book Excerpt:

Utopia and Dystopia in the Age of Trump focuses on utopias and dystopias that either prefigure or suggest alternatives to the rise of individuals such as Donald J. Trump and the changing conditions of America we now see around us. These topical studies provide compelling reading for both the general reader and the specialist.

The Changing Face of Evil in Film and Television

The Changing Face of Evil in Film and Television
Author: Martin F. Norden
Publsiher: Rodopi
Total Pages: 244
Release: 2007-01
ISBN: 9042023244
Category: Computers
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Changing Face of Evil in Film and Television Book Excerpt:

The popular media of film and television surround us daily with images of evil - images that have often gone critically unexamined. In the belief that people in ever-increasing numbers are turning to the media for their understanding of evil, this lively and provocative collection of essays addresses the changing representation of evil in a broad spectrum of films and television programmes. Written in refreshingly accessible and de-jargonised prose, the essays bring to bear a variety of philosophical and critical perspectives on works ranging from the cinema of famed director Alfred Hitchcock and the preternatural horror films Halloween and Friday the 13th to the understated documentary Human Remains and the television coverage of the immediate post-9/11 period. The Changing Face of Evil in Film and Television is for anyone interested in the moving-image representation of that pervasive yet highly misunderstood thing we call evil.ContentsMartin F. NORDEN: Introduction Matthew SOAR: The Bite at the Beginning: Encoding Evil Through Film Title Design Linda BRADLEY SALAMON: Screening Evil in History: Rope, Compulsion, Scarface, Richard III Mike FRANK: The Radical Monism of Alfred Hitchcock Cynthia FREELAND: Natural Evil in the Horror Film: Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds Matt HILLS and Steven Jay SCHNEIDER: ?The Devil Made Me Do It!?: Representing Evil and Disarticulating Mind/Body in the Supernatural Serial Killer Film Thomas HIBBS: Virtue, Vice, and the Harry Potter UniverseRobin R. MEANS COLEMAN and Jasmine Nicole COBB: Training Day and The Shield: Evil Cops and the Taint of Blackness Martin F. NORDEN: The ?Uncanny? Relationship of Disability and Evil in Film and Television Carlo CELLI: Comedy and the Holocaust in Roberto Benigni's Life is Beautiful/La vita e bella Garnet C. BUTCHART:. On the Void: The Fascinating Object of Evil in Human RemainsJohn F. STONE:. The Perfidious President and ?The Beast?: Evil in Oliver Stone's NixonGary R. EDGERTON, William B. HART, and Frances HASSENCAHL: Televising 9/11 and Its Aftermath: The Framing of George W. Bush's Faith-Based Politics of Good and Evil Bibliography Notes on Contributors Index

The Shaken and the Stirred

The Shaken and the Stirred
Author: Stephen Schneider,Craig N. Owens
Publsiher: Indiana University Press
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2020-09-01
ISBN: 0253052327
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Shaken and the Stirred Book Excerpt:

Over the past decade, the popularity of cocktails has returned with gusto. Amateur and professional mixologists alike have set about recovering not just the craft of the cocktail, but also its history, philosophy, and culture. The Shaken and the Stirred features essays written by distillers, bartenders and amateur mixologists, as well as scholars, all examining the so-called 'Cocktail Revival' and cocktail culture. Why has the cocktail returned with such force? Why has the cocktail always acted as a cultural indicator of class, race, sexuality and politics in both the real and the fictional world? Why has the cocktail revival produced a host of professional organizations, blogs, and conferences devoted to examining and reviving both the drinks and habits of these earlier cultures?

Women Make Horror

Women Make Horror
Author: Alison Peirse
Publsiher: Rutgers University Press
Total Pages: 234
Release: 2020-09-17
ISBN: 1978805136
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Women Make Horror Book Excerpt:

“But women were never out there making horror films, that’s why they are not written about – you can’t include what doesn’t exist.” “There are really, very few women horror filmmakers working today, that’s why so few are coming up.” “Women are just not that interested in making horror films.” “How can you be a woman and be a fan of horror?” This is what you get when you are a woman working in horror, whether as a writer, academic, festival programmer or filmmaker. These assumptions are based on decades of flawed scholarly, critical and industrial thinking about the genre. Women Make Horror sets right these misconceptions. Women have always been making horror, they have always been an audience for the genre, and today, as this book reveals, women academics, critics and filmmakers alike remain committed to a film genre that offers almost unlimited opportunities for exploring and deconstructing social and cultural constructions of gender, femininity, sexuality and the body. Women Make Horror is the first book-length study of women filmmakers in horror film, the first all-women edited book on horror film, and the first book to call out the male-bias in written histories of horror and then to illuminate precisely how, and where, these histories are lacking. It re-evaluates existing literature on the history of horror film, on women practitioners in the film industry and approaches to undertaking film industries research. It establishes new approaches for studying women practitioners and illuminates their unexamined contribution to the formation and evolution of the horror genre. The book focuses on women directors and screenwriters but also acknowledges the importance of women producers, editors and cinematographers. It explores narrative and experimental cinema, short, anthology and feature-filmmaking, and offers case studies of North American, Latin American, European, East Asian and Australian filmmakers, films and festivals. Women Make Horror is designed to not only engage and inspire dialogue between the academy, filmmakers, industry gatekeepers, festival programmers and horror film fans. With this book we can transform how we think about women filmmakers and genre.

100 Greatest Cult Films

100 Greatest Cult Films
Author: Christopher J. Olson
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 350
Release: 2018-04-12
ISBN: 1442211040
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

100 Greatest Cult Films Book Excerpt:

The term “cult film” may be difficult to define, but one thing is certain: A cult film is any movie that has developed a rabid following for one reason or another. From highly influential works of pop art like Eraserhead and Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! to trash masterpieces such as Miami Connection and Fateful Findings, thousands of movies have earned recognition as cult classics over the years, and new movies rise to cult status every year. So how do viewers searching for the best or most important cult films decide where to start? In 100 Greatest Cult Films, Christopher J. Olson highlights the most provocative, intriguing, entertaining, and controversial films produced over the last century. The movies included here have either earned reputations as bona fide cult classics or have in some way impacted our understanding of cult cinema, often transcending traditional notions of “good” and “bad” while featuring memorable characters, unforgettably shocking scenes, and exceptionally quotable dialogue. With detailed arguments for why these films deserve to be considered among the greatest of all time, Olson provides readers fodder for debate and a jumping-off point for future watching. A thought-provoking and accessible look at dozens of cinematic “treasures,” this resource includes valuable information on the films, creators, and institutions that have shaped cult cinema. Ultimately, The 100 Greatest Cult Films offers readers—from casual cinephiles, film scholars, and avid fans alike—a chance to discover or re-discover some of the most memorable films of all time.

Fear and Learning

Fear and Learning
Author: Aalya Ahmad,Sean Moreland
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 284
Release: 2013-03-29
ISBN: 0786492600
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Fear and Learning Book Excerpt:

This groundbreaking collection of new essays presents critical reflections on teaching horror film and fiction in many different ways and in a variety of academic settings—from cultural theory to film studies; from women’s and gender studies to postcolonialism; from critical thinking seminars on the paranormal to the timeless classics of English horror literature. Together, the essays show readers how the pedagogy of horror can galvanize, unsettle and transform classrooms, giving us powerful tools with which to consider interwoven issues of identity, culture, monstrosity, the relationship between the real and the fictional, normativity and adaptation. Includes a foreword by celebrated horror writer Glen Hirshberg.

Masculinity in Fiction and Film

Masculinity in Fiction and Film
Author: Brian Baker
Publsiher: A&C Black
Total Pages: 173
Release: 2008-06-08
ISBN: 1847062628
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Masculinity in Fiction and Film Book Excerpt:

Covers wide range of popular British and American fiction and film including Westerns, spy fiction, science fiction and crime narratives.

Ontopoietic Expansion in Human Self Interpretation in Existence

Ontopoietic Expansion in Human Self Interpretation in Existence
Author: World Institute for Advanced Phenomenological Research and Learning
Publsiher: Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages: 417
Release: 1998
ISBN: 9780792344629
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ontopoietic Expansion in Human Self Interpretation in Existence Book Excerpt:

Papers from the Second World Phenomenology Congress (convened September 12-18, 1995 in Guadalajara, Mexico) articulate the four main tenets of the ontopoiesis of life: the priority of the creative act over the cognitive intentional act; the revelation that the human creative condition is pivotal in tracing specifically human powers; that the creative act of the human being is the meeting ground for all human endeavors; and the ontopoietic self-individualization of life. No index. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR.

Pimps Wimps Studs Thugs and Gentlemen

Pimps  Wimps  Studs  Thugs and Gentlemen
Author: Elwood Watson
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 318
Release: 2010-03-22
ISBN: 078645508X
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Pimps Wimps Studs Thugs and Gentlemen Book Excerpt:

With essays ranging in topic from the films of Neil LaBute to the sexual politics of Major League Baseball, this diverse collection of essays examines the multi-faceted media images of contemporary masculinity from a variety of perspectives and academic disciplines. The book’s first half focuses on the issue of racialized masculinity and its various manifestations, with essays covering, among other topics, the re-imagining of Asian American masculinity in Justin Lin’s Better Luck Tomorrow and the ever-present image of black male buffoonery in the neo-minstrel performances of VH1’s Flavor of Love. The book’s second half explores the issue of contemporary mediated performance and the cultural politics of masculinity, with essays focusing on popular media representations of men in a variety of gendered roles, from homemakers and househusbands to valorous war heroes and athletic demigods.

Mythologies of Violence in Postmodern Media

Mythologies of Violence in Postmodern Media
Author: Barry Keith Grant,Jeannette Sloniowski,Annalee Newitz,Martin Rubin,Simpson, Philip L.,Mark Pizzato
Publsiher: Wayne State University Press
Total Pages: 453
Release: 1999
ISBN: 9780814327425
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mythologies of Violence in Postmodern Media Book Excerpt:

This anthology examines a number of issues related to violence within the media landscape.

Encyclopedia of Contemporary Writers and Their Works

Encyclopedia of Contemporary Writers and Their Works
Author: Geoff Hamilton,Brian Jones
Publsiher: Infobase Publishing
Total Pages: 433
Release: 2010
ISBN: 143812970X
Category: American fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Encyclopedia of Contemporary Writers and Their Works Book Excerpt:

Encyclopedia of Contemporary Writers and Their Work is an invaluable guide to the work of English-language fiction writers born since 1960. Coverage includes some of the most vital and appealing writers working today, such as Chang-rae Lee, Michael Chabon, Zadie Smith, and Dave Eggers. Containing more than 200 entries written by literary scholars, this resource provides a comprehensive overview of the best writers and works of the current English-Speaking literary world.

Adaptation in Contemporary Culture

Adaptation in Contemporary Culture
Author: Rachel Carroll
Publsiher: A&C Black
Total Pages: 212
Release: 2009-11-30
ISBN: 0826424643
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Adaptation in Contemporary Culture Book Excerpt:

A comprehensive interdisciplinary collection offering a survey of adaptation of literary texts across media including animation, film, TV, fan fiction, biopics and music video.

Masculinity in Contemporary New York Fiction

Masculinity in Contemporary New York Fiction
Author: Peter Ferry
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 182
Release: 2014-08-21
ISBN: 1317743156
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Masculinity in Contemporary New York Fiction Book Excerpt:

Masculinity in Contemporary New York Fiction is an interdisciplinary study that presents masculinity as a key thematic concern in contemporary New York fiction. This study argues that New York authors do not simply depict masculinity as a social and historical construction but seek to challenge the archetypal ideals of masculinity by writing counter-hegemonic narratives. Gendering canonical New York writers, namely Paul Auster, Bret Easton Ellis, and Don DeLillo, illustrates how explorations of masculinity are tied into the principal themes that have defined the American novel from its very beginning. The themes that feature in this study include the role of the novel in American society; the individual and (urban) society; the journey from innocence to awareness (of masculinity); the archetypal image of the absent and/or patriarchal father; the impact of homosocial relations on the everyday performance of masculinity; male sexuality; and the male individual and globalization. What connects these contemporary New York writers is their employment of the one of the great figures in the history of literature: the flâneur. These authors take the flâneur from the shadows of the Manhattan streets and elevate this figure to the role of self-reflexive agent of male subjectivity through which they write counter-hegemonic narratives of masculinity. This book is an essential reference for those with an interest in gender studies and contemporary American fiction.

Bret Easton Ellis s Controversial Fiction

Bret Easton Ellis s Controversial Fiction
Author: Sonia Baelo-Allué
Publsiher: A&C Black
Total Pages: 228
Release: 2011-06-23
ISBN: 1441107916
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Bret Easton Ellis s Controversial Fiction Book Excerpt:

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American Consumer Culture and Its Society From F Scott Fitzgerald s 1920s Modernism to Bret Easton Ellis 1980s Blank Fiction

American Consumer Culture and Its Society  From F  Scott Fitzgerald s 1920s Modernism to Bret Easton Ellis 1980s Blank Fiction
Author: Johannes Malkmes
Publsiher: Diplomica Verlag
Total Pages: 156
Release: 2011-05
ISBN: 3842855664
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

American Consumer Culture and Its Society From F Scott Fitzgerald s 1920s Modernism to Bret Easton Ellis 1980s Blank Fiction Book Excerpt:

Die vorliegende Studie stellt eine kritische Auseinandersetzung mit der amerikanischen Konsumkultur des 20. Jahrhunderts dar. Dabei wird ein Schwerpunkt auf die historische Entwicklung von der Ständegesellschaft des späten 18. und frühen 19. Jahrhunderts bis hin zur Klassengesellschaft des 20. Jahrhunderts gelegt, da dieser epochale Wandel in bisherigen vergleichbaren literaturwissenschaftlichen Diskussionen zur Konsumkultur trotz seiner themenbezogenen Relevanz keine adäquate Berücksichtigung fand. Der Begriff der Konsumkultur als interdisziplinäres Problem wird nicht als gegeben verstanden und ausführlich definiert. Die soziokulturelle Entwicklung wird im Rahmen von F. Scott Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby (1925) und Bret Easton Ellis American Psycho (1991) nachvollzogen, da beide Werke ihre Hauptdarsteller anhand ihrer sozialen Herkunft, ihrer sozialen Milieus und ihres Konsums als stereotypische Vertreter der jeweiligen Epoche charakterisieren und versinnbildlichen. In beiden Werken wird der jeweilige kulturelle Hintergrund – das amerikanische Jazz Age sowie die Reagan Administration mit ihrer Yuppie Kultur – äußerst kritisch abgehandelt. Eine vergleichende Analyse beider Werke in Bezug auf die gravierende Entwicklung ihrer literarischen Darstellung von Konsum im Verlauf des 20. Jahrhunderts unter kritischer Berücksichtigung des jeweiligen volkswirtschaftlichen, politischen und gesellschaftlichen Hintergrunds wurde in dieser Form noch nicht veröffentlicht. Ein Fokus dieser Arbeit betrifft die Zwischenkriegszeit in Jahren von 1920 bis 1930, da diese Dekade maßgebend war für den epochalen Wandel der amerikanischen Klassen- hin zu einer Konsumgesellschaft und des amerikanischen Lebensstils zum Ende der 1980er Jahre. Detailliert betrachtet werden in diesem Zusammenhang konkrete Konsumverstärker wie fortschreitende Technologien, Entwicklungen zu Mode- und Freizeitbranchen, finanzielle Marktentwicklungen und der geografische Wandel. Die Entstehung der World Trade Organisation symbolisiert letztendlich den Sieg von Demokratie und amerikanisierter, globaler Konsumkultur. Anhand der genannten Werke wird nicht nur der Umgang mit Konsum interpretiert, sondern auch dessen Versprechen, die propagierende Darstellung des amerikanischen Traumes, die eine gravierende Veränderung hin zum kapitalistischen Materialismus aufzeigt.