This timely collection provides a historical overview of violence in American popular culture from the Puritan era to the present and across a range of media.
• Provides a narrative of the development of violence in American popular culture, illustrating both continuity and change
• Combines an overview of each essay's subject matter with in-depth analysis of specific examples
• Features discussion of well-known portrayers of violence, such as film and television, as well as lesser-known sourcesfor example, murder ballads and Puritan sermonshelping readers place contemporary concerns and examples into a detailed historical context
• Suggests directions for future research and other developments in the field
• Includes a keyword index to enable readers to track continuities across the various essays