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Crime Uncovered: Anti-hero

There are few figures as captivating as the antihero: the character we can’t help but root for, even as we turn away in revulsion from many of the things they do. What is it that draws us to characters like Breaking Bad’s Walter White, Patricia Highsmith’s Tom Ripley, and Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander even as we decry the trail of destruction they leave in their wake?

Crime Uncovered: Antihero tackles that question and more. Mixing the popular and iconic, contemporary and ancient, the book explores the place and appeal of the antihero. Using figures from books, TV, film, and more, including such up-to-the-minute examples as True Detective’s Rust Cole, the book places the antihero’s actions within the society he or she is rejecting, showing how expectations and social and familial structures create the backdrop against which the antihero’s posture becomes compelling. Featuring interviews with genre masters James Ellroy and Paul Johnston, Crime Uncovered: Antiherois an accessible, engaging analysis of what drives us to embrace those characters who acknowledge—or even flaunt—the dark side we all have somewhere deep inside.

220 pages | 10 halftones | 7 x 9 | © 2015

Crime Uncovered

Culture Studies

Film Studies

Literature and Literary Criticism: General Criticism and Critical Theory

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“Valuable. . . . The book is at its most arresting when addressing characters about whom little scholarship has yet been produced. . . . While this smart, diverting volume may lack historical context it possesses nonetheless a puckish appreciation of the new.”

Times Literary Supplement

“Fascinating and thought provoking.”


Table of Contents

Editor’s Introduction
Case Studies
Contributor Biographies

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