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A Dark California: Essays on Dystopian Depictions in Popular Culture
Contributor(s): Nowak-mcneice, Katarzyna (Editor), Zarzycka, Agata (Editor)

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ISBN: 1476667837     ISBN-13: 9781476667836
Publisher: McFarland Publishing
OUR PRICE: $41.95  

Binding Type: Paperback
Published: October 2017

Annotation: Focusing on portrayals of California in popular culture, this collection of new essays traces a central theme of darkness through literature (Toby Barlow, Angela Carter, Joan Didion, Thomas Pynchon, and Claire Vaye Watkins), video games (L.A. Noire), music (Death Grips, Lana Del Rey, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers), TV (True Detective and American Horror Story), and film (Starry Eyes, Southland Tales and A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night). Providing insight into the significance of Californian icons, the contributors explore the interplay between positive stereotypes connected to the myth of the Golden State and ambivalent responses to the myth based on social and political power, the consequences of consumerism, transformations of the landscape and the dominance of hyperreality.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Dystopias in literature.
Popular culture; California.
Place (Philosophy) in literature.
BISAC Categories:
- Literary Criticism | American
- Social Science | Popular Culture
Dewey: 810.9/9794
LCCN: 2017036633
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Book type: Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.75" W x 0.50" (0.60 lbs) 205 pages
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Contributor Bio(s): Katarzyna Nowak-McNeice is a Conex-Marie Curie Research Fellow at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain. She has published essays on California literature, Post-colonial theory and opera studies. Agata Zarzycka is an assistant professor at the Institute of English Studies, University of Wroclaw, Poland. She has published essays on speculative fiction, transmediality and video games.
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