This Thing of Darkness: Shedding Light on Evil

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This Thing of Darkness: Shedding Light on Evil


Edited by Claudio V. Zanini and Lima Bhuiyan

Year: 2016

Format: eBook (PDF)

This volume questions the status quo, places and origins of evil in works of fiction, media coverage, public institutions and social relations from multiple theoretical and critical perspectives.

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Evil has been historically associated to people, facts and situations labelled disturbing, weird, non-civilised, bizarre, or out of standards. Many artistic, fictional and media representations associate evil to darkness; because of its apparent ugliness, we tend to make all kinds of efforts so as to hide this ‘thing of darkness’, which is intrinsic to humanity and social relations. Through its chapters, this volume sheds light on evil, questioning its status quo, places, origins and pointing out its importance for social balance. The discussions and viewpoints rely on approaching evil, human wickedness and violence in real and imagined prisons, contemporary media, representations of the feminine, and witches from Salem and Blair alike. While movies, television series, works of literature, media coverage, public institutions and social relations are analysed, evil is approached from different philosophical perspectives, theories pertaining to mass media, documentary film, history, anthropology and psychoanalysis.

Claudio V. Zanini and Lima Bhuiyan

‘Evil’ of the Weak and Mediocrity as the Aim of Modern Culture: A Discussion of Nietzsche’s Genealogy of Morals
Abdullah Onur Aktaş

Is Diabolical Action Possible?
Peter Brian Barry

The Justified Villain: Television, Terrorism and Re-Examining Evil
Lima Bhuiyan

Dionysus: The Face of the Feminine Archetypal Principle
Diedra L. Clay

Religious Evils in Turkish Horror Films
Bilgehan Ece Şakrak

The Inevitability of Evil and Moral Tragedy
Zachary J. Goldberg

Evil as All-Powerful, Evil as Immortal: The Public Relations of Evil in the Media
Sophia Kanaouti

Exploring the Banality of Bureaucracy in Carceral States
Rallie Murray

Against Humility as Informed Contempt
Regan Lance Reitsma

The Belief in Evil and Its Redefinition during the Salem Witch Trials
Stefanie Schnitzer Mills

Pinteresque Evil: A By-Product of Authority and Power Games
Asli Tekinay

Representations of Evil in Found Footage Movies
Claudio Vescia Zanini

Claudio V. Zanini is a professor of English and literatures in English at Unisinos, in Brazil. He is also one of the founding members of the first Brazilian research group on Gothic Literature. His main areas of interest are horror and Gothic fictions, the postmodern, drama, and the interfaces between cinema and literature.

Lima Bhuiyan holds Bachelor’s degrees in English and Political Science from Stetson University as well as a Master of Science in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Her field of work specializes in conflict in media and US foreign policy analysis.