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Mystery, Violence, and Popular Culture
Mystery, Violence, and Popular Culture
John G. Cawelti

A Ray and Pat Browne Book, Popular Press

Warriors, villains, feminists, bandits, playboys, and revolutionaries—violence and mystery American-style

John G. Cawelti discusses American popular culture and violence, from its precursors in Homer and Shakespeare to the Lone Ranger and Superman. Cawelti deciphers the overt sexuality, detached violence, and political intrigue embedded within Batman and .007. He analyzes the work of such famous pop-culture icons as Alfred Hitchcock, the Beatles, and Andy Warhol and looks at a range of films, from Psycho to Dances with Wolves, and literature, from The Waste Land to Catch 22.

"This will become a standard text in popular culture studies for years to come."—Gary Hoppenstand, Michigan State University, editor of the Journal of Popular Culture, and former PCA president

John G. Cawelti is professor emeritus of English and humanities at the University of Kentucky. His many books include Apostles of the Self-Made Man; Adventure, Mystery, and Romance; and Leon Forrest.

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the cover of Cawelti's book is illustrated with a photo of a man in a fedora with a smoking gun. A cartoon body lies dead in the background.

April 2004
LC: 203020569 HM
408 pp.   6 x 9

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ISBN 978-0-299-19634-9
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The cloth edition, ISBN 978-0-299-19630-1, is out of print.


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