A History of Evil in Popular Culture: What Hannibal Lecter, Stephen King, and Vampires Reveal About America

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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