Graphic Violence: Illustrated Theories About Violence, Popular Media, and Our Social Lives, 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

Graphic Violence

Illustrated Theories About Violence, Popular Media, and Our Social Lives, 1st Edition

By Emily Edwards


296 pages

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Graphic Violence provides an innovative introduction to the relationship between violence and visual media, discussing how media consumers and producers can think critically about and interact with violent visual content. It comprehensively surveys predominant theories of media violence and the research supporting and challenging them, addressing issues ranging from social learning, to representations of war and terrorism, to gender and hyper-masculinity. Each chapter features original artwork presenting a story in the style of a graphic novel to demonstrate the concepts at hand. Truly unique in its approach to the subject and medium, this volume is an excellent resource for undergraduate students of communication and media theory as well as anyone interested in understanding the causes and effects of violence in media.

Table of Contents

1. The Characteristics of Story: Conflict, Chronicle, and Violence 2. The Journeys of Brutal Stories 3. Helpless Audiences and The Magic Bullet 4. Obstinate Violence 5. Learning Violence: The Drama of Aggression 6. Mean Worlds and Remorseless Strangers With Guns 7. What an Audience Wants: Selection, Gratification, and Violence 8. Gender, Hyper-Masculinity, and the Violent Story 9. Terrorism, War, and Media Systems 10. The Violent Aesthetic

About the Author

Emily D. Edwards is Professor in the Department of Media Studies at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She has produced or directed more than 17 films—from narrative features, to documentaries, to animations, to experimental films—and has also reported as a journalist for ABC and NBC affiliates in Alabama and Tennessee.

Tristan Fuller is a Graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design. His current project is writing and illustrating a series to publish in 2020. For more information and more art, go to or visit his Instagram @tristanfuller42.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies