Cultural Studies: Popular Culture

  • Law and Justice in Japanese Popular Culture: From Crime Fighting Robots to Duelling Pocket Monsters book cover

    Law and Justice in Japanese Popular Culture

    From Crime Fighting Robots to Duelling Pocket Monsters, 1st Edition

    Edited by Ashley Pearson, Thomas Giddens, Kieran Tranter

    In a world of globalised media, Japanese popular culture has become a signifi cant fountainhead for images, narrative, artefacts, and identity. From Pikachu, to instantly identifi able manga memes, to the darkness of adult anime, and the hyper- consumerism of product tie- ins, Japan has bequeathed…

    Paperback – 2020-01-14 
    Routledge

  • Toward a Theory of True Crime Narratives: A Textual Analysis book cover

    Toward a Theory of True Crime Narratives

    A Textual Analysis, 1st Edition

    By Ian Case Punnett

    Toward a Theory of True Crime Narratives vivifies how nonfiction murder stories are told, what role they play in society, and in the form of true crime why they remain enduringly popular internationally on every platform. This book establishes for the first time the actual line—or dotted…

    Paperback – 2019-12-20 
    Routledge

  • The Routledge Companion to Imaginary Worlds book cover

    The Routledge Companion to Imaginary Worlds

    1st Edition

    Edited by Mark Wolf

    This companion provides a definitive and cutting-edge guide to the study of imaginary and virtual worlds across a range of media, including literature, television, film, and games. From the Star Trek universe, Thomas More’s classic Utopia, and J. R. R. Tolkien’s Arda, to elaborate, user-created…

    Paperback – 2019-12-20 
    Routledge

  • The Big Smallness: Niche Marketing, the American Culture Wars, and the New Children�s Literature book cover

    The Big Smallness

    Niche Marketing, the American Culture Wars, and the New Children�s Literature, 1st Edition

    By Michelle Ann Abate

    This book is the first full-length critical study to explore the rapidly growing cadre of amateur-authored, independently-published, and niche-market picture books that have been released during the opening decades of the twenty-first century. Emerging from a powerful combination of the ease and…

    Paperback – 2019-12-20 
    Routledge

  • US Youth Films and Popular Music: Identity, Genre, and Musical Agency book cover

    US Youth Films and Popular Music

    Identity, Genre, and Musical Agency, 1st Edition

    By Tim McNelis

    This book brings theory from popular music studies to an examination of identity and agency in youth films while building on, and complementing, film studies literature concerned with genre, identity, and representation. McNelis includes case studies of Hollywood and independent US youth films that…

    Paperback – 2019-12-20 
    Routledge

  • Popular Culture and the Austerity Myth: Hard Times Today book cover

    Popular Culture and the Austerity Myth

    Hard Times Today, 1st Edition

    Edited by Pete Bennett, Julian McDougall

    Contemporary popular culture is engaged in a rich and multi-levelled set of representational relations with austerity. This volume seeks to explore these relations, to ask: how does popular culture give expression to austerity; how are its effects conveyed; how do texts reproduce and expose its…

    Paperback – 2019-12-20 
    Routledge

  • The Rise of Transtexts: Challenges and Opportunities book cover

    The Rise of Transtexts

    Challenges and Opportunities, 1st Edition

    Edited by Benjamin W.L. Derhy Kurtz, Mélanie Bourdaa

    This volume builds on previous notions of transmedia practices to develop the concept of transtexts, in order to account for both the industrial and user-generated contributions to the cross-media expansion of a story universe. On the one hand exists industrial transmedia texts, produced by…

    Paperback – 2019-12-20 
    Routledge

  • War Gothic in Literature and Culture book cover

    War Gothic in Literature and Culture

    1st Edition

    Edited by Steffen Hantke, Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet

    In the context of the current explosion of interest in Gothic literature and popular culture, this interdisciplinary collection of essays explores for the first time the rich and long-standing relationship between war and the Gothic. Critics have described the global Seven Year’s War as the "…

    Paperback – 2019-12-20 
    Routledge

  • Revisiting Imaginary Worlds: A Subcreation Studies Anthology book cover

    Revisiting Imaginary Worlds

    A Subcreation Studies Anthology, 1st Edition

    Edited by Mark Wolf

    The concept of world and the practice of world creation have been with us since antiquity, but they are now achieving unequalled prominence. In this timely anthology of subcreation studies, an international roster of contributors come together to examine the rise and structure of worlds, the…

    Paperback – 2019-12-20 
    Routledge

  • Tropical Gothic in Literature and Culture: The Americas book cover

    Tropical Gothic in Literature and Culture

    The Americas, 1st Edition

    Edited by Justin D. Edwards, Sandra Vasconcelos

    Tropical Gothic examines Gothic within a specific geographical area of ‘the South’ of the Americas. In so doing, we structure the book around geographical coordinates (from North to South) and move between various national traditions of the gothic (Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, etc) alongside regional…

    Paperback – 2019-12-20 
    Routledge

  • The Serial Podcast and Storytelling in the Digital Age book cover

    The Serial Podcast and Storytelling in the Digital Age

    1st Edition

    Edited by Ellen McCracken

    This volume analyzes the Serial podcast, situating it in the trajectory of other popular crime narratives and contemporary cultural theory. Contributors focus on topics such as the ethics of the use of fiction techniques in investigative journalism, the epistemological overlay of postmodern…

    Paperback – 2019-12-20 
    Routledge

  • The Dark Side of Camp Aesthetics: Queer Economies of Dirt, Dust and Patina book cover

    The Dark Side of Camp Aesthetics

    Queer Economies of Dirt, Dust and Patina, 1st Edition

    Edited by Ingrid Hotz-Davies, Franziska Bergmann, Georg Vogt

    "Camp" is often associated with glamour, surfaces and an ostentatious display of chic, but as these authors argue, there is an underside to it that has often gone unnoticed: camp’s simultaneous investment in dirt, vulgarity, the discarded and rejected, the abject. This book explores how camp…

    Paperback – 2019-12-20 
    Routledge

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