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Introduction

Juliet John

in Dickens's Villains: Melodrama, Character, Popular Culture

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198184614
eISBN:
9780191714214
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184614.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter introduces the book's purpose and scope to the reader. The author aims to illuminate the crucial symbiosis that exists between the ‘deviant’ and the ‘theatrical’ aspects of Dickens's ... More


The Villains of Stage Melodrama: Romanticism and the Politics of Character

Juliet John

in Dickens's Villains: Melodrama, Character, Popular Culture

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198184614
eISBN:
9780191714214
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184614.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter discusses the villains in stage melodrama, particularly in the context of romanticism and the politics of character. In the melodramatic scheme of things, it is the Henry Jameses of this ... More


Dickens, Acting, and Ambivalence: Periodical Passions

Juliet John

in Dickens's Villains: Melodrama, Character, Popular Culture

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198184614
eISBN:
9780191714214
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184614.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter discusses Dickens, acting, and ambivalence in relation to periodical passions. Dickens's thoughts on villainy are in no way simplistically schematic, or even consistent. Throughout his ... More


Villainy in France (1463-1610): A Transcultural Study of Law and Literature

Jonathan Patterson

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
June 2021
ISBN:
9780198840015
eISBN:
9780191875625
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198840015.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature, European Literature

This is a book about the outward manifestation of inner malice—that is to say, villainy—in French culture (1463–1610). In pre-modern France, villainous offences were countered, if never fully ... More


the Unnatural Steals the Natural

Jeanne Guillemin

in Anthrax: The Investigation of a Deadly Outbreak

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520222045
eISBN:
9780520927100
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520222045.003.0012
Subject:
Anthropology, Medical Anthropology

This chapter centers on the period when the research team was unable to travel beyond Yekaterinburg, because the southern region remained closed to outsiders, first describing the monuments ... More


Prison and Execution

Matthew G. Schoenbachler

in Murder and Madness: The Myth of the Kentucky Tragedy

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813125664
eISBN:
9780813135373
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813125664.003.0009
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

Though consigned to a dungeon and sentenced to hang, Jereboam Beauchamp had by no means resigned himself to die. The Kentucky Tragedy was not built solely on the Confession and its romantic tropes; ... More


Death in Babylon: Alexander the Great and Iberian Empire in the Muslim Orient

Vincent Barletta

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226037363
eISBN:
9780226037394
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226037394.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Though Alexander the Great lived more than seventeen centuries before the onset of Iberian expansion into Muslim Africa and Asia, he loomed large in the literature of late medieval and early modern ... More


‘Purely and Simply Evil’

Murray Leeder

in Halloween

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781906733797
eISBN:
9781800342149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733797.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This concluding chapter addresses the question of Michael Myers as an abstract embodiment of pure evil. In Halloween (1978), John Carpenter presents an ‘anonymity of evil’, with evil simultaneously ... More


Introduction: Going With Villainy’s Flow

Jonathan Patterson

in Villainy in France (1463–1610): A Transcultural Study of Law and Literature

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
June 2021
ISBN:
9780198840015
eISBN:
9780191875625
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198840015.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature, European Literature

This study is framed as a transcultural enquiry that flows between moral, criminal, and social notions of villainy. The rationale of the book is outlined: to focus primarily on pre-modern French ... More


Transcultural Debasement

Jonathan Patterson

in Villainy in France (1463-1610): A Transcultural Study of Law and Literature

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
June 2021
ISBN:
9780198840015
eISBN:
9780191875625
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198840015.003.0019
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature, European Literature

L’Estoile’s journals are a major confluence of legal and tragic discourses on villainy, including high-brow tragedy. Chapter 18 focuses on a tragic problem coursing throughout this book: why the ... More


Villeins, Villains and Vilonie

David Crouch

in The Chivalric Turn: Conduct and Hegemony in Europe before 1300

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
July 2019
ISBN:
9780198782940
eISBN:
9780191826160
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198782940.003.0006
Subject:
History, European Medieval History, Social History

Medieval society had ways of reinforcing social boundaries. Cortoisie as superior conduct was further defined by the literary concept of Vilonie, its dark opposite. The character of the ‘villain’ was ... More


Dividing Lines: A Brief Taxonomy of Moral Identity

A. G. Holdier

in The Supervillain Reader

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781496826466
eISBN:
9781496826510
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496826466.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

If you are interested in supervillains – or, for that matter, their wretched, do-good counterparts, the superheroes – then The Supervillain Readeris for you. Bringing together essays related to film, ... More


The Supervillain1

Peter Coogan

in The Supervillain Reader

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781496826466
eISBN:
9781496826510
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496826466.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This essay outlines the responsibilities of the villain as a story engine. The villain acts as an agent of misfortune, damage, or harm to disturb the peace of those happily living their lives. The ... More


Implacable Henchmen?: From the Iliad’s Myrmidons to the Wild Hunt of The Witcher 3

Cait Mongrain and David D. Perlmutter

in The Supervillain Reader

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781496826466
eISBN:
9781496826510
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496826466.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

Supervillains are an important part of superhero narratives. They are drawn to crime for a variety of reasons, including greed, sadism, selfishness, as well as psychological typologies. Villains ... More


Shakespeare’s Supervillain: Coriolanus

Jerold J. Abrams

in The Supervillain Reader

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781496826466
eISBN:
9781496826510
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496826466.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

Villains are an important part of Shakespeare’s works. They often use soliloquies to make sure the audience is informed about what they are doing and their purpose. Villains in Shakespeare are ... More


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