The papers collected in this volume are expanded from papers given at the 6th Global Conference on Evil and Human Wickedness, which took place in March 2005. The chapters here represent the diversity and interdisciplinary nature of the conference itself covering topics such as historical and theological concepts of evil, media representations of evil, contemporary debates surrounding the Bosnia war and woman perpetrators in Birkenau, and the construction of the Other as evil in the face of the continuing hysteria over AIDS. The range of the papers collected here makes this book essential reading for students of all humanities disciplines.
Colette Balmain is an expert in East Asian horror cinema and has just published her first book,
Introduction to Japanese Horror Film (Edinburgh University Press: 2008). She has published extensively and given conference papers on Japanese and Korean art and horror cinema. She has also written on American and European horror and science fiction cinema.
Lois Drawmer is a principal lecturer at Buckinghamshire New University, in the School of Arts & Media. Her research interests and publications focus on women artists, 19th century art, gender and culture, media and identity, and the relationship between corporeality and the metaphysical / occult. She has been a Director and Trustee of the De Morgan Foundation and has lectured extensively in the UK and abroad.
Table of contents
Colette BALMAIN: Preface
Images of Evil Geraldine BIDDLE-PERRY and Janice MILLER: “…and if Looks Could Kill:” Making Up the Face of Evil Colette BALMAIN: Oriental Nightmares: The ‘Demonic’ Other in Contemporary American Adaptations of Japanese Horror Film Karil KUCERA: Hoping for Heaven, Landing in Hell: Lessons Learned at a Medieval Chinese Grotto Charles NUCKOLLS: The Cartoon Nationalism of Contemporary Japan
Ethics and Responsibility Merdijana SADOVIC: Collective Denial: Serbs and the War in Bosnia William Andrew MYERS: Ethical Aliens: The Challenge of Extreme Perpetrators to Humanism Alan WATT: The Problem of Evil Beyond Theology Chris BELL: The Way of the Transgressor is Hard: Personal Experience on Death, Suffering and “Community Responsibility” Robert W. BUTLER: Teaching About Evil in History: Demonizing Historical Figures Sex and Seduction Stephen MORRIS: Remarriage and Ass-F**king: Shifty Byzantine Views of Sex Anthony F. CRISAFI: The Seduction of Evil: An Examination of the Media Culture of the Current White Supremacist Movement Frank FAULKNER: “Get Your Kicks on Route 666,” or Why the Devil has all the Best Tunes: Trekkin Through the Darker Side of Heavy Metal Music Margarita CARRETERO-GONZÁLEZ & Mª Elena RODRÍGUEZ-MARTÍN: Wicked Women: The Menace Lurking Behind Female Independence Notes on Contributors