Monsters in and Among Us: Toward a Gothic Criminology

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Caroline Joan Picart, Cecil E. Greek
Associated University Presse, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 304 pages
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The Gothic is flourishing not just in Stephen King's novels and Quentin Tarantino's films, but also in the media renderings of phenomena like the O. J. Simpson case, and in characterizations of terrorism, in our political and popular discourses, in modes of therapy, on TV news, on talk shows like Oprah, in our discussions of AIDS, and of the environment. This collection of essays critically interrogates contemporary visualizations of the Gothic and the monstrous in film and media. The ongoing fascination with evil, as simultaneously repellant and irresistibly attractive in the Hollywood film, crimino-logical case studies, popular culture, and even public policy, points to the emergence of "Gothic criminology," with its focus on themes such as blood lust, compulsion, godlike vengeance, and power and determination.
 

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Contents

Civic Gothic as Genre
44
Masculinity and Monstrosity in Dirty Harry
65
The Rhetorical Structure of The Man Who Knew Too Much
91
Typology Narrative and Hallucination
117
Incorporation as a Monstrous Process
142
Images of NYPD and LAPD
164
Gothic Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy
199
Toward a Gothic Criminology
227
Profiling the Terrorist as a Mass Murderer
256
Notes on Contributors
289
Index
292
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Caroline Joan Picart is an Associate Professor of English and Courtesy Associate Professor of Law at Florida State University.

Cecil E. Greek is Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University.

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