Edited by Burcu Genc and Corinna Lenhardt
This e-book presents the findings of the 2nd global, interdisciplinary conference on Villains and Villainy, which was held at Oriel College, Oxford in September 2010 as part of the research network Inter-Disciplinary.Net. Extraordinary scholars from around the world share and discuss their insights into the subject from diverse backgrounds in numerous academic disciplines and research interests.
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Key Words: Villainy, the Double, Gothic, literary studies, film studies, gender studies, ethnic studies, English Renaissance, global perspectives.
Burcu Genc & Corinna Lenhardt
Part I: Renaissance Villainy
An Archetypal Figure of the ‘Villainous Jew’ in English Renaissance Literature
The Strategies of Narrative Representation of Villains
in English Renaissance Rogue Literature
Damnation of a Hero or Villain: Christopher Marlowe’s The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus
Part II: Doubles, Criminals and Nicholas Dyer
A Complicated Matter of Villainy: Mr Hyde in R. L. Stevenson’s ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’
What is a Villain? Thackeray’s Play with the Reader’s Perception in Catherine and Barry Lyndon
The Double in Poe and Dostoevsky: The Descent into the Subconscious
Steerpike and Evasive Villainy in Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast Novels
Arrate Hidalgo Sánchez
Enter Peter Ackroyd’s Nicholas Dyer: Architect, Devil Worshipper and Murderer
Roxanne Barbara Doerr
Part III: Literary Villainy with an Ethnic Twist
Washington’s Troops Skinned Dead Indians from the Waist Down and Made Leggings from the Skins: Reiterating Villainy in Native American Gothic Fiction
Representations of Villainy in Yemeni Fiction
A Spanish Incarnation of Cain: Miguel de Unamuno’s Abel Sánchez
Santiago Pérez Isasi
Part IV: Gendered Villainy
The Changing Face of the Femme Fatale: Is She Really Villainous?
The Portrayal of the Male Villain in the Broadcast Televisual Text Hollyoaks
Selina E. M. Doran
Monstrous Action-Men and Jealous Princesses: Defining the Villain in Gendered Narratives
Part V: Villains of Our Youth
The Triumvirate of Evil: Major Villains of Don Rosa’s Donald Duck Comics
I Want More! Insatiable Villains in Children’s Literature and Young Adults’ Fiction
Part VI: Villainy Onstage and On-Screen
‘Gainst Nature Still: Reading Macbeth’s Murder of Duncan
Precious Villain … Honourable Murderer: The Betrayer as Scapegoat in Shakespeare
The Sow that Repeatedly Devours Her Piglets: The Villain on the Nigerian Stage
You don’t Make Up for Your Sins in Church: Dilemmas of Moral Development in Scorsese’s Mean Streets
Part VII: Futuristic Villains and Cosmic Killers
The Mad Scientist as a Villain: H. G. Wells’ The Island of Dr. Moreau
I Am the Man in the Dark Room: The Puppetmaster from Cosmic Adversary to Cosmic Villain
The Evolutionary Villain: Alfred Bester as an Oppressed Victim and a Righteous Villain
The Cyborg Villain: Mechanical Hybridity and Existential Fear
Jori De Coster
Part VIII: Villainous States
Sexual Villainy in the Holocaust
The State Villainy in Orwell’s 1984
Cumhur Yılmaz Madran
About the Editors
Corinna Lenhardt is a Ph.D. candidate at the American Studies Department of the Westphalian Wilhems-University, Muenster, Germany. In her current project, titled Wild Horror: Reiterating the American Gothic for the Twenty-first Century, she focuses on defining and employing a postcolonial, neo-modern notion of the Gothic in the context of contemporary Native American and African-American literature.
Burcu Genc is currently a senior student at Bogazici University, Turkey, and aims at an academic carreer.