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The Myth of the Titanic

Centenary Edition

Authors: Howells, R.

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Why does the story of the Titanic retain such a hold on the popular imagination, one hundred years after it sank on the night of 15 April 1912? In this new centenary edition, Howells explores the myths around the Titanic legend, showing what they reveal about the culture of their time, as well as the role that myth still plays in our lives today.

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RICHARD HOWELLS Reader in Culture, Media and Creative Industries, King's College, London, UK. His particular interests are in visual and popular culture, and he has previously been Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Center for the Arts in Society at Carnegie Mellon University, USA.

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'Howells' book is a model of cultural history, thoroughly researched, carefully argued and consistently illuminating.' - Professor Jeffrey Richards, Times Higher Education Supplement

'Richard Howells makes a gripping story out of the fashioning of a myth. He delights equally in the fixing of the facts which unsettle the fairy stories, as he does in the richly human stories themselves. Taking on the movie and showing up its mythic deceptions without a tremor, he turns to face Edwardian England just as coolly, and quietly identifies its necessary illusions. Then he rolls up all the tales into a single mighty myth, all the while doing justice to truth, to horror, to sentimentality, and to a rattling good read.'

- Fred Inglis, Professor of Cultural Studies, University of Sheffield, UK

'Finally a book that probes not only the cultural frameworks enclosing the Titanic disaster between 1912 and 1914, but how those frameworks endure today.' - John R. Stilgoe, Harvard University

'This book is very well referenced... and will prove a reference work in its own right.' - Atlantic Daily Bulletin (Journal of the British Titanic Society)

'[Howells] crafts an easily accessible, well-organized, and logical book...' - Kristi A. Bell, Journal of American Folklore


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Myth of the Titanic
Book Subtitle
Centenary Edition
Authors
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-36898-9
DOI
10.1057/9780230368989
Softcover ISBN
978-0-230-31380-4
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XV, 336
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