New PDF release: The Celebration of Death in Contemporary Culture

By Dina Khapaeva

The occasion of demise in modern Culture investigates the emergence and that means of the cult of dying. during the last 3 many years, Halloween has grown to rival Christmas in its attractiveness. darkish tourism has emerged as a quickly increasing undefined. “Corpse stylish” and “skull sort” have entered mainstream style, whereas components of gothic, horror, torture porn, and slasher videos have streamed into extra traditional genres. Monsters became popular culture heroes: vampires, zombies, and serial killers now allure generally to audiences of every age. This publication breaks new floor by means of viewing those phenomena as features of a unmarried flow and documenting its improvement in modern Western culture.

This publication hyperlinks the mounting call for for photos of violent loss of life with dramatic adjustments in death-related social rituals. It deals 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, reading the cultured, highbrow, and historic underpinnings of the cult of demise. It additionally areas the party of dying within the context of a longstanding critique of humanism and investigates the position performed via 20th-century French concept, posthumanism, transhumanism, and the animal rights circulate in shaping the present antihumanist atmosphere.

This well timed, thought-provoking publication will attract students of tradition, movie, literature, anthropology, and American and Russian reviews, in addition to basic readers looking to comprehend a defining phenomenon of our age.

 

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