By Dina Khapaeva

The social gathering of loss of life in modern Culture investigates the emergence and that means of the cult of demise. over the past 3 many years, Halloween has grown to rival Christmas in its acceptance. darkish tourism has emerged as a swiftly increasing undefined. “Corpse stylish” and “skull sort” have entered mainstream type, whereas components of gothic, horror, torture porn, and slasher video clips have streamed into extra traditional genres. Monsters became popular culture heroes: vampires, zombies, and serial killers now attraction extensively to audiences of every age. This publication breaks new flooring through viewing those phenomena as elements of a unmarried circulation and documenting its improvement in modern Western culture.

This ebook hyperlinks the mounting call for for photographs of violent loss of life with dramatic alterations in death-related social rituals. It bargains a conceptual framework that connects observations of fictional worlds—including The Twilight Saga, The Vampire Diaries, and the Harry Potter series—with real-world sociocultural practices, studying the cultured, highbrow, and historic underpinnings of the cult of loss of life. It additionally areas the social gathering of demise within the context of a longstanding critique of humanism and investigates the position performed via 20th-century French conception, posthumanism, transhumanism, and the animal rights move in shaping the present antihumanist atmosphere.

This well timed, thought-provoking booklet will entice students of tradition, movie, literature, anthropology, and American and Russian stories, in addition to common readers trying to comprehend a defining phenomenon of our age.


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