The Myth of the Titanic
The first critical analysis of the Titanic as a modern myth, this book focuses on the second of the two Titanics. The first was the physical Titanic, the rusting remains of which can still be found twelve thousand feet below the north Atlantic. The second is the mythical Titanic which emerged just as its tangible predecessor slipped from view on April 15, 1912. It is the second of the two Titanics which remains the more interesting and which continues to carry cultural resonances today. The Myth of the Titanic begins with the launching of the "unsinkable ship" and ends with the outbreak of the "war to end all wars." It provides an insight into the particular culture of late-Edwardian Britain and beyond this draws far greater conclusions about the complex relationship between myth, history, popular culture and society as a whole.
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The myth of the TitanicUser Review - Book Verdict
In this scholarly and heavily documented study, Howells (communications, Univ. of Leeds) proposes that the sinking of the Titanic was "an event whose mythical significance has eclipsed its historical importance." His work, in typical dissertation style, proceeds with an almost painful thoroughness from historical background to examination of the relationship between myth and history to close analyses of the popular texts, beliefs, and cultural assumptions from which the Titanic myth has evolved. The primary focus of these analyses is on materials generated in British popular culture from 1912 to 1914. Howells concludes that the story of the Titanic disaster, like earlier tales of hubris and nemesis, merges--in the interests of cultural rather than historical truth--actual and imaginary experience as a means of constructing not only "triumph out of tragedy" but also "order out of an arbitrary world." Recommended for larger public and academic libraries.--Robert C. Jones, Central Missouri State Univ., Warrensburg ...
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An interesting look at fact, fiction, and myth about Titanic. To pique your interest: was Titanic ever really called unsinkable, or did that particular adjective only become popular after its sinking ... Read full review