Villains and Villainy

Embodiments of Evil in Literature, Popular Culture and Media


This collection of essays explores the representations, incarnations and manifestations of evil when it is embodied in a particular villain or in an evil presence. All the essays contribute to showing how omnipresent yet vastly under-studied the phenomena of the villain and evil are. Together they confirm the importance of the continued study of villains and villainy in order to understand the premises behind the representation of evil, its internal localized logic, its historical contingency, and its specific conditions.
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Table of contents

Anna Fahraeus and Dikmen Yakalı-Çamoğlu: Introduction
Examining Infamous Representations of Villainy
Enrique Cámara Arenas: Villains in Our Mind: A Psychological Approach to Literary and Filmic Villainy
Sara Martin: The Silent Villain: The Minimalist Construction of Patriarchal Villainy in John Le Carré’s Karla Trilogy
Dana Lori Chalmers: The Nazi’s Villain and the Holocaust
Villainy Victorious
Sorcha Ní Fhlainn: ‘Wait till they get a load of me!’ – The Joker from Modern to Postmodern Villainous S/laughter
Cynthia Jones: Little Red Riding Hood: Transition from Victim to Villain
Villains in the Community
Jo Chipperfield: ‘Can They Bear the Name Englishmen?’ : The Celebrity of Motor Bandits as a ‘New Breed of Villain’ in the 1920s
Anna Fahraeus: Historicising Racialised Objects of Horror: From the Black Renaissance Villain to the Modern Voodoo Doer
Dikmen Yakalı-Çamoğlu: Representations of In-law Women as Villains in the Turkish Novel
Exemplifying Exceptional Perspectives: Villainy as a Necessary End
Anita Shukla: From Evil to Evil: Revisiting Ravana as a Tool for Community Building
Monika Bokiniec: Who can Find a Virtuous CTU Agent? Jack Bauer as Modern Hero, Antihero and Tragic Villain


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