Villains and Heroes or Villains as Heores?

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edited by Luke Seaber
ISBN: 978-1-84888-130-3

What constitutes a villain? How does villainy differ from evil? Is Captain Hook a villain - or is Peter Pan? Do portrayals of villainy from places as far apart as the Yemen, Italy and Ireland show common characteristics? Do villains created for children’s fiction differ from those created for adults? This volume attempts to answer these questions and more; it also presents an overview of various directions within this field of study.

Description

What constitutes a villain? How does villainy differ from evil? Is Captain Hook a villain - or is Peter Pan? Do portrayals of villainy from places as far apart as the Yemen, Italy and Ireland show common characteristics? Do villains created for children’s fiction differ from those created for adults?  This volume attempts to answer these questions and more; it also presents an overview of various directions within this field of study.

The villains considered in this volume come from a stimulatingly eclectic range of sources. The media examined range from comic books to film and from novels to television serials; the narratives in their various forms come from a broad selection of times and places. Equally wide-ranging, too, is the degree of academic canonicity of the works in question: from the Babylon 5 franchise to the Matrix films and from a book as extensively studied as Nineteen Eighty-Four to one as little-known as Michael Baggett’s Soapstone.

This volume should not be seen as the end of a process but rather as a stage in one still on-going:  villains fascinate us as readers and spectators, but they also continue to intrigue as objects of study, raising troubling questions about the role of narrative both in both fiction and real life.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Luke Seaber

Section 1: Villainy in Children’s Fiction
The Triumvirate of Evil: The Major Villains of Don Rosa’s Donald Duck Comics
Katja Kontturi

‘I want more!’: The Insatiable Villain in Children’s Literature and Young Adult Fiction
Karin Kokorski

Peter Pan and the Tyranny of Youth: An Apologia for Captain Hook
Jaime Cuenca

Section 2: Masculine Villainy: Power and Influence
Heroes and Villains in Gendered Narratives for Children
Dikmen Yakalı-Çamoğlu

‘I Am the Man in the Dark Room’: The Puppetmaster from Cosmic Adversary to Cosmic Villain
Luke Seaber

Enter Peter Ackroyd’s Nicholas Dyer, Architect, Devil Worshipper and Murderer
Roxanne Barbara Doerr

Section 3: Ethnic Villainy
‘Washington’s Troops Skinned Dead Indians from the Waist Down and Made Leggings from the Skins’: Reiterating Villainy in Native American Gothic Fiction
Corinna Lenhardt

The Urban Anti-Hero: Misrepresenting City Crime Figures in Dublin and Rome
Daire Maria Ní Uanacháin

Representations of Villainy in Yemeni Fiction
Fawaz Jazim

Section 4: Celebrating Villainy
The Cyborg Villain: Mechanical Hybridity and Existential Fear
Jori De Coster

The Evolutionary Villain: Alfred Bester as Victim and Villain
Mikko Poutanen

Downloadable Content

You can dowload a pdf copy of the Introduction by clicking here:
Villains and Heroes Introduction

About the Editor

Luke Seaber holds degrees from the Universities of Oxford and Turin. He has taught at various Italian universities, and is currently a Marie Curie fellow at UCL, where he is working on representations of poverty. He is the author of G.K. Chesterton’s Literary Influence on George Orwell (2011), as well as various articles on twentieth-century literature.

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