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A dark California : essays on dystopian depictions in popular culture / edited by Katarzyna Nowak-McNeice and Agata Zarzycka.

Publication:
Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2017] , ©2017
Format/Description:
Book
viii, 205 pages : map ; 22 cm
Subjects:
Dystopias in literature.
Popular culture -- California.
Place (Philosophy) in literature.
Literature and society -- California.
Mass media -- California -- Psychological aspects.
Dystopias in literature.
Literature
Literature and society
Mass media -- Psychological aspects.
Place (Philosophy) in literature.
Popular culture
California -- In literature.
California.
Summary:
"This collection of essays traces a central theme of darkness through literature, video games, music, TV series, and film. The contributors explore the interplay between positive stereotypes connected with the myth of the Golden State, the consequences of consumerism, transformations of the landscape, and the dominance of hyperreality"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
The center is not holding: Joan Didion and the California dreamer
Desert women: constructions of female identity and motherhood in Angela Carter and Claire Vaye Watkin's feminist dystopias
Playing good cop… or bad cop? Exploring hyperreal urban spaces in L.A. Noire
"Feed the hole": alienation, Neo-Marxism and the real in Richard Kelly's Southland Tales
Tension of exclusion: on death grips and the Californian ideology
"Wolf howls and the roar of police sirens": fractured identities, lycanthropy and the streets of Los Angeles in Toby Barlow's Sharp Teeth
Stuck here forever: Los Angeles as purgatory
Dreams require sacrifice: fame, fortune and body-horror in Starry Eyes
Anywhere-nowhere, California: the real, the imaginary and the lonely vampire in the Golden State
True California: Vinci as landscape of terror
Thomas Pynchon's hybrid California(s): in search of spatil/social justice in Inherent Vice
"Come to California": the star as a tragic figure of American apocalypse in Lana Del Rey's Honeymoon (2015)
Cop shows, sitcoms and oral histories in Thomas Pynchon's Vineland
These kind of dreams: dystopian depictions of California in the music video "Californication."
California Under Construction
Californian Monsters
Welcome to Dystopia.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contributor:
Nowak-McNeice, Katarzyna, 1977- editor.
Zarzycka, Agata, editor.
ISBN:
9781476667836
1476667837
OCLC:
975124360
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