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Toxic Cultures

A Companion

by Simon Bacon (Volume editor)
©2022 Edited Collection 0 Pages

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Summary

What is toxic?
This volume provides a timely and original examination of the concept of «toxic» that today seems to inform all areas of popular culture and society. Connoting many forms of negativity, denial or disillusion, «toxic» has become central to the experience of living in the twenty-first century.
Comprising twenty-nine original essays by experts in their fields, this collection offers something of a guide to how areas of toxicity often overlap and/or inform other ones. Topics as diverse as «fake news», environmental denialism, toxic nostalgia, deep fakes, Black Lives Matter, #MeToo and cancel culture are covered. Studied texts include popular culture from the film Get Out (2018) to the Pussy Hat Movement, from social media «sadfishing» to governmental responses to the Covid-19 pandemic.
This companion unravels the often purposely entangled narratives that are used to fuel much cultural and political populism. It serves as an important intervention into the conversations occurring around extreme partisanship and divisive views on where we might be heading and how dystopian the future will really be.

Details

Pages
0
Year
2022
ISBN (PDF)
9781789979541
ISBN (ePUB)
9781789979558
ISBN (MOBI)
9781789979565
ISBN (Softcover)
9781789979534
DOI
10.3726/b17458
Language
English
Publication date
2022 (June)
Tags
Toxic cultures: minority discourse gender and equality Toxic Cultures Simon Bacon toxic
Published
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, New York, Wien, 2022.

Biographical notes

Simon Bacon (Volume editor)

Simon Bacon is the Series Editor for Genre Fiction and Film Companions with Peter Lang, to which he has also contributed The Gothic (2018), Horror (2019), Monsters (2020) and Transmedia Cultures (2021). He is also the editor of Transmedia Vampires (2021) and Nosferatu in the 21st Century (forthcoming). He has also published a series of monographs on vampires in popular culture: Becoming Vampire: Difference and the Vampire in Popular Culture (2016), and Dracula as Absolute Other (2019), Eco-Vampires (2020), Vampires From Another World (2021), and he is working on the next, Unhallowed Ground: Emergent Terror and the Specter of the Vampire on Screen.

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