Myth in the Modern World

Myth in the Modern World

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Ubiquitous and enduring, myths remain an inherent part of culture. These 10 essays explore the role of myth in the modern world, delving not only into science fiction and fantasy, but also into sport, terrorist rhetoric and television. Contributors contemplate the changing face of the hero in Breaking Bad, Justified and the Japanese film trilogy 20th Century Boys; explore ideology in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Fire and Ice novels and the HBO series Game of Thrones, Showtime's The L Word, and The Day the Earth Stood Still; and examine Al Qaeda's use of myth to justify its violent actions. Other essays consider the hero ideal in sport, the wolf myth in Twilight and the comic persona of Hercules in the Travel Channel series Man v. Food. The power of myth, this volume reveals, extends beyond ancient stories of gods and heroes to express the hopes, fears and reality of everyday life.Essays on Intersections with Ideology and Culture David Whitt, John Perlich ... to the Demon Island to punish wicked demons (Zabilka, 1955), both exemplified this spirit of the traditional Japanese hero. ... Ball (1984a€“1995), Conan in Detective Conan (1994-), Hanamichi Sakuragi the comic basketball player in Slam Dunkanbsp;...

Title:Myth in the Modern World
Author: David Whitt, John Perlich
Publisher:McFarland - 2014-04-17

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