The Supernatural Revamped: From Timeworn Legends to Twenty-First-Century Chic

Chapter Title

The Supernatural Revamped: From Timeworn Legends to Twenty-First-Century Chic

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Document Type

Book

Editors

Barbara Brodman and James E. Doan

Description

This book is the logical continuation of a series of collected essays examining the origins and evolution of myths and legends of the supernatural in Western and non-Western tradition and popular culture. The first two volumes of the series, The Universal Vampire: Origins and Evolution of a Legend (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2013) and Images of the Modern Vampire: The Hip and the Atavistic. (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2013) focused on the vampire legend. The essays in this collection expand that scope to include a multicultural and multigeneric discussion of a pantheon of supernatural creatures who interact and cross species-specific boundaries with ease. Angels and demons are discussed from the perspective of supernatural allegory, angelic ethics and supernatural heredity and genetics. Fairies, sorcerers, witches and werewolves are viewed from the perspectives of popular nightmare tales, depictions of race and ethnicity, popular public discourse and cinematic imagery. Discussions of the “undead and still dead” include images of death messengers and draugar, zombies and vampires in literature, popular media and Japanese anime.

ISBN

978-1-61147-864-8

Publication Date

4-2016

Publisher

University Press Copublishing Division / Fairleigh Dickinson University Press

Keywords

Literary Criticism / Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology, Literary Collections / Essays, Literary Criticism / European / General, Social Science / Folklore & Mythology, Literary Criticism / Horror & Supernatural

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities | Dramatic Literature, Criticism and Theory | Folklore | Social and Behavioral Sciences

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