The Forces of Evil


The Forces of Evil


Edited by Anthony F. Crisafi and Denise Crisafi

Year: 2011

Format: Paperback


A collection of essays in which the authors delve into how evil forces within our culture subjugate us into shame and degradation.

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In this volume of essays, the authors delve into how evil forces within our culture subjugate us into shame and degradation.  Within the following essays, we discover that in many ways evil and violence are incorporated into our cultural institutions as a means of conveying a greater cultural narrative.  Evil can take a variety of forms, with contextual and qualitative variables being critical to the manner in which audiences understand and ‘decode’ these varied representations of evil. Exploring cultural apparatuses, such as the role of popular entertainment and even academic reactions to evil, and themes as wide as cannibalism, child murder, and the concept of gender and sexuality, together these papers also speak to the important idea that evil can be hidden and can take unexpected and surprising forms.  Within these essays we learn how these rather rooted ideologies have survived through folklore and through texts, influencing our present conceptions of normative behaviours.  Brought together from the 10th Annual Conference on Perspectives of Evil and Human Wickedness, the essays here represents a landmark in the field of Interdisciplinary Studies.

Anthony F. Crisafi & Denise Crisafi

Part I: Entertaining Evil: Wicked Thoughts, Fantasies, and Desires
And WHAT’s on the Menu Today? Greed and Gluttony in Sato’s Naked Blood
Colette Balmain

Fritz Lang’s M: The Evil that Dared not Speak Its Name
Gary Evans

Creating Meaning Out of a Violent and Often-Terrifying World: An Interdisciplinary Study of How Filmic Narratives Guide Audience Identification with / and Reaction to Evil
Anthony F. Crisafi & Denise Crisafi

Part II: Devious Women and Deviant Sexuality: The Gendered Nature of Evil
Homo Australis: (Un)Queering the Bonds of Mateship in Picnic at Hanging Rock
Ann-Marie Cook

Questioning the ‘Witch’ Label: Women as Evil in Ancient Rome
Linda H. McGuire

The Feminine Voice of Vice in The Ladder of Divine Ascent
Stephen Morris

Part III: Laughing at/or in the Dark
Evil Laughter
Robert W. Butler

‘Life’s Bitter Jest’: R. S. Thomas and the Problem of Evil
Darren Oldridge

Victory is Mine!© or Family Guy, The Simpsons and the Funny Side of Deadly Sins and World Domination
Richard J. Piatt

Part IV: Evil Ever Young
Brawling Boys and Girls Gone Wicked: Exploring Gender-Based Representations of Adolescent Aggression within the Television Social Drama Gossip Girl
Matthew L. Burnett & Ashley A. Barlow

The ‘Liminality’ of Evil: Adolescents’ Understanding of Metaphysics in Graphic Novels and Popular Culture
Phil Fitzsimmons & Edie Lanphar

Evil Knocking at the Door of the House of Truth
Jeffrey Gordon, Craig Hanks & Vincent Luizzi

Anthony F. Crisafi is a Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Central Florida, where he teaches courses in Ancient Humanities, Classical Philosophy, and Medieval Humanities. His recent research is in phenomenology and cognitive science, specifically in the area of extended and embodied cognition as these concepts apply to human memory systems and AI.

Denise Crisafi is a graduate student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Central Florida and is the Program Assistant for research and civic engagement in the University of Central Florida’s Burnett Honors College. Her research focuses on three specific areas: media representations of violence, causes of and societal reactions to domestic and dating violence, and violence prevention.