Criminals as Heroes in Popular Culture

Editors: James, Roxie J., Lane, Kathryn E. (Eds.)

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  • Offers a perspective on the growing trend of criminals as heroes in popular media
  • Examines the current cultural “fascination” with criminals and its broader societal implications
  • Expands beyond the limited scope of the western to address pirates, gentleman highwaymen, and “bad gender.”
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This book delves into humanity’s compulsive need to valorize criminals. The criminal hero is a seductive figure, and audiences get a rather scopophilic pleasure in watching people behave badly. This book offers an analysis of the varied and vexing definitions of hero, criminal, and criminal heroes both historically and culturally.

This book also examines the global presence, gendered complications, and gentle juxtapositions in criminal hero figures such as: Robin Hood, Breaking Bad, American Gods, American Vandal, Kabir, Plunkett and Macleane, Martha Stewart, Mary Read, Anne Bonny, Ocean’s 11, Ocean’s Eleven, and Let The Bullets Fly

About the authors

Roxie J. James, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of English in the Department of English at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. She specializes in Romantic and Victorian literature, and her research interests include British women's writing and depictions of dirt in Victorian literature and culture.

Kathryn E. Lane, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of English and Department Chairperson at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Her research interests include Victorian literature and culture, popular culture, and feminist theory. She is the editor of the 2018 book collection Age of the Geek: Depictions of Nerds and Geeks in Popular Media.


Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • “I Need a Hero:” Representation and Reinvention of the Criminal Hero in Mass Media

    Pages 1-15

    James, Roxie J. (et al.)

  • Women, Crime, and Piracy in the Early Modern English Popular Imagination

    Pages 17-43

    Lillie, Lisa M.

  • Criminality in Perspective and Politics of Legitimization: A Study in Paradox

    Pages 45-64

    Bhattacharyya, Sanchari

  • “Said Some Things I Definitely (Don’t) Regret:” The Rhetorical Silence of

    Pages 65-81

    Drouin, Renee Ann

  • Exiles of Empire: Criminals as Heroes at the End of History in Jiang Wen’s

    Pages 83-106

    Sedzielarz, Aleksander

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Hardcover 51,99 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Criminals as Heroes in Popular Culture
Editors
  • Roxie J. James
  • Kathryn E. Lane
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-39585-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-39585-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-39584-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-39587-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 177
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
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