Rampage Violence Narratives

Rampage Violence Narratives : What Fictional Accounts of School Shootings Say about the Future of America's Youth

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This book is the first to explore the significance of more than twenty-five fictional depictions of rampage violence in film, television, adult literature, and young adult literature. Exploring these texts with an analysis grounded in feminist cultural studies unveils the ways in which fictional rampage violence narratives, in context with their urban violence counterparts, communicate adult anxieties about American youth and who represents the "ideal" citizen.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 168 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 17.78mm | 385.55g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • black & white tables, figures
  • 0739187503
  • 9780739187500

Table of contents

Table of Contents
List of Figures
List of Tables
Introduction. The Fictionalization of School Shootings
Chapter 1. Becoming Monstrous: Representations of Race in Fictional Narratives of School Violence
Case Study 1. Kevin Reynold's 187 and Gus Van Sant's Elephant
Chapter 2. Heteronormativity and the Queer School Shooter
Case Study 2. Uwe Boll's Heart of America
Chapter 3. Violence, Pregnancy, Agency: The Birth of the Female Shooter
Case Study 3. Jodi Picoult's Nineteen Minutes
Chapter 4. Fictionalizing Youth Violence for Youth Consumption
Case Study 4. Sharon Draper's Just Another Hero
Chapter 5. Youth, Sex, and Violence: A Final Case Study
About the Author
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Linder presents a very balanced and thoughtful argument that highlights the underlying causes of what appears to be a growing trend of rampage violence in America.... this book is extremely well written in its argument and well versed in the misunderstanding between different communities and the government. The application of such a book could end up being part of efforts to end the state's hold over conformist education and allow for the incorporation of everyone into a new American hegemonic society. * Journal of Palestine Studies * In her study of fictionalized narratives of extreme youth violence, Kathryn Linder clarifies the complex interplay between the appearance of violent youth in fiction and how they are viewed in real life. Thus, this volume clarifies not only how fiction has portrayed the rampage school shooter, but also how society conceptualizes the social problem of school shootings. This book is vital reading for anyone wanting to understand the emergence, evolution, and persistence of the image of the school shooter on the contemporary scene, both fictional and concrete. -- Glenn W. Muschert, Miami University, Ohio This analysis has major implications for understanding ways in which young people are marginalized and pushed away from active participation in their own society. This book is a major contribution to understanding the policing of cultural and identity boundaries, and its consequences regarding American youth. -- Benjamin Frymer, Sonoma State University
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About Kathryn E. Linder

Kathryn E. Linder is research director for Oregon State University Ecampus.
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