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Performativity of Villainy and Evil in Anglophone Literature and Media

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Lingua: Inglese
Pubblicazione: 07/2022
Edizione: 1st ed. 2021


Performativity of Villainy and Evil in Anglophone Literature and Media studies the performative nature of evil characters, acts and emotions across intersecting genres, disciplines and historical eras. This collection brings together scholars and artists with different institutional standings, cultural backgrounds and (inter)disciplinary interests with the aim of energizing the ongoing discussion of the generic and thematic issues related to the representation of villainy and evil in literature and media. The volume covers medieval literature to contemporary literature and also examines important aspects of evil in literature such as social and political identity, the gothic and systemic evil practices. In addition to literature, the book considers examples of villainy in film, TV and media, revealing that performance, performative control and maneuverability are the common characteristics of villains across the different literary and filmic genres and eras studied in the volume.


Section I: The (dis)embodiment of evil in medieval and Renaissance moments


1            Contours of an Inherent Frame: The Underpinnings of Evil in Everyman

              Bibhash Choudhury


2            If You Only Knew: Mephistopheles, Master Mirror, and the Experience of Evil

              Dustin Lovett


3            Recognizable Patterns of Evil in Muslim Characters in Late Medieval and Early Modern Literature

              Jeffrey McCambridge


4            Desiring Empire: The Colonial Violence of “Hijab Pornography”

              Ibtisam M. Abujad


5            Villains of the High Seas: Apostasy and Piracy in George Peele’s The Battle of Alcazar, the Anonymously Authored Captain Thomas Stukeley, and William Daborne’s A Christian Turned Turk

              Jared S. Johnson


Section II: Performing moral deformity in the Shakespearean moment


6            The Psychological Origins of Evil: The Trickster in Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi

              Hend Hamed


7            A Show of Illusions: Performing Villainous Magic in Shakespeare’s The Tempest & Macbeth

              Lisann Anders


8            The Demon’s Amorous Looking Glass: Reflections on the Villain’s Performative Self-Fashioning in Richard III by William Shakespeare

              Nizar Zouidi


9            “It is his hand”: Villainy through letters in Shakespeare’s King Lear and Twelfth Night

              Sélima Lejri


10          Villainy as a facet of Nietzsche’s Wirkliche Historie prefigured in Shakespeare’s Richard II and concretized in Brecht’s Man Equals Man and The Measures Taken

              Mariem Khmiri


Section III: Language, race and the dehumanization of the evil other in (post)colonial moments


11          Tituba’s Stairway: Representations of Tituba in Historical and Fictional Texts

              Danielle Legros Georges


12          Colonial ‘Idea’ and ‘Work’: The Evil in Marlow’s Heart of Darkness

              Ahmet Süner


13          Caught in a Feudal Hang-Up: My Feudal Lord Mirroring a Villain and the Rebellion of a Pakistani Woman

              Humaira Riaz


14          Good Versus Evil in Max’s Lucha Libre Adventures Series (2011-2020) by Xavier Garza

              Amy Cummins


Section IV: Obsessed avengers, revenants and vampires in the British and American Romantic moments


15          Melville and Ford: Ahab and the Duke

              John Price


16          Naught Beyond: A Phenomenology of Ahab’s “Madness Maddened”

              Bill Scalia


17          Seductive Female Villains and Rhetoricians in The Monk and Zofloya; or, The Moor

              Hediye Özkan


18          Dressed to Kill: Manipulating Perceived Social Class Through the Con of Clothing in Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Fiction

              Sabrina Paparella


19          Supernatural Doppelgangers: Manifestations of Villainy in Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights

              Tammie Jenkins


Section V: A world of dark secrets: Espionage, silent wars, and the threat of nuclear annihilation in the post-World War moments


20          Debating ‘the Nuclear Evil’ in U.S. Nuclear Fiction

              Inna Sukhenko


21          The Evil Gaze of the State and the Post-Human Interrogator in 1984

              Sadok Bouhlila


22          Wicked Speech and Evil Acts: Performativity as Discourse and Murder as Responsibility in Curtain – Poirot’s Last Case (1975) and Speedy Death (1929)

              Federica Crescentini


23          Host of Otherness: The Trope of the Urban Space Habitat and the Concept of Evil in Contemporary Science Fiction Media

              Mark Filipowich


Section VI: Good criticism of evil art: Studying evil in revisionist academic and cultural moments


24          Busting Binaries: Beyond Evil in Youth Literature, a Consideration of Emezi’s Pet

              E. F. Schraeder


25          On the Performance of Villainy and Evil in Joker (2019)

              Kelvin Ke Jinde


26          “Making Our Work of Art a Masterpiece”: The Aesthetics of Evil in Alfred Hitchcock’s Ro


Nizar Zouidi is Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Hail, Saudi Arabia, and at the University of Gafsa, Tunisia. Zouidi is the author of a number of book chapters and journal articles about the representations of evil in early modern drama. 

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Condizione: Nuovo
Dimensioni: 210 x 148 mm Ø 726 gr
Formato: Brossura
Illustration Notes:XLVII, 510 p.
Pagine Arabe: 510
Pagine Romane: xlvii

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