A History of Evil in Popular Culture [2 volumes]: What Hannibal Lecter, Stephen King, and Vampires Reveal about America

Evil isn't simply an abstract theological or philosophical talking point. In our society, the idea of evil feeds entertainment, manifests in all sorts of media, and is a root concept in our collective psyche. This accessible and appealing book examines what evil means to us. * Includes the insights of scholars from widely different academic fields to inspect evil from various points of view, giving readers a broader perspective on the topic * Compiles expert opinions from American, American expatriate, European, Asian, and Middle Eastern contributors * Covers the portrayal of evil in many different forms of media-film, television, music, art, video games, literature, poetry-as well as in politics, current events, and the legal arena