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Author Walton, Priscilla L.

Title Our cannibals, ourselves / Priscilla L. Walton
Published Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2004
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 172 pages)
Contents "Donner, party of fifty!" -- The body politic -- "I want to bite your neck" -- Dog eat dog : mad cow disease -- Diet disorders -- "If you love someone, hunt them down and kill them" -- Cannibal culture
Summary Why does Western culture remain fascinated with and saturated by cannibalism? Moving from the idea of the dangerous Other, Priscilla L. Walton's Our Cannibals, Ourselves shows us how modern-day cannibalism has been recaptured as in the vampire story, resurrected into the human blood stream, and mutated into the theory of germs through AIDS, Ebola, and the like. At the same time, it has expanded to encompass the workings of entire economic systems (such as in "consumer cannnibalism"). _x000B__x000B_Our Cannibals, Ourselves is an interdisciplinary study of cannibalism in contemporary culture. It demonstrates how what we take for today's ordinary culture is imaginatively and historically rooted in very powerful processes of the encounter between our own and different, often "threatening," cultures from around the world. Walton shows that the taboo on cannibalism is heavily reinforced only partly out of fear of cannibals themselves; instead, cannibalism is evoked in order to use fear for other purposes, including the sale of fear entertainment. _x000B__x000B_Ranging from literature to popular journalism, film, television, and discourses on disease, Our Cannibals, Ourselves provides an all-encompassing, insightful meditation on what happens to popular culture when it goes global
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 161-169) and index
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Subject Cannibalism.
Popular culture.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2003023388
ISBN 0252092783 (electronic bk.)
9780252092787 (electronic bk.)