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See detailFaceless Evil in Popular Culture. Introduction
Thiltges, Sébastian UL; Kohns, Oliver UL

in Cultural Express (2021), (6),

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See detailFaceless Evil in Popular Culture
Thiltges, Sébastian UL; Kohns, Oliver UL

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“You never knew. That was his power.” These words, which picture Keyser Söze in The Usual Suspects (1995), also describe a specific mode of action typical of evil protagonists in popular culture of the ... [more ▼]

“You never knew. That was his power.” These words, which picture Keyser Söze in The Usual Suspects (1995), also describe a specific mode of action typical of evil protagonists in popular culture of the 20th and 21st centuries, namely their non-appearance. One can indeed distinguish several types of evil in popular culture: on the one hand, the representatives of the “other” in the sense of a political enemy (the stereotypical character of the Nazi, the Communist, the Arab terrorist, etc.); on the other hand, the figure of the faceless, disguised, not (stereotypically) apparent evil. The secret organization that James Bond fights against in several films is significantly named “Specter”. Similarly, Lord Voldemort remains faceless and ghostlike in the Harry Potter series. These figures do not represent the “other” as a clearly identifiable political antagonist, but an “other other” whose unknowability and namelessness are an essential part to his or her power and (non-)identity. The “bad guys” can always be interpreted as reflections of a political order: by not adhering to the moral, social, and political rules of the community, they reflect on the contingency of these rules and may also try to enforce alternative models of coexistence through violence. It would therefore be interesting to ask to what extent the faceless figure of evil represents a political model without being clearly identified to a political or ideological “other”? In the context of media diversity in popular culture in the 20th and 21st centuries, the portrayal of faceless figures of evil produces an equally wide variety of aesthetic manifestations. The question of the representations of evil thus necessarily exists at the interface between politics and poetics. This issue of Cultural Express wants to examine this interface in popular and youth literature, fantasy, science-fiction, horror, crime fiction, movies, TV series, songs, comics, graphic novels, video games, etc. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Mask of Evil : Moriarty, Fu-Manchu, Mabuse
Kohns, Oliver UL

in Cultural Express (2021), 6

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See detailZwischen Gehege und Idylle: Durs Grünbeins "Heimat"
Kohns, Oliver UL

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See detailDas Schöne und das Monströse bei Eichendorff und Shelley
Kohns, Oliver UL

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See detailThe Loneliness of the Villain : Shakespeare and Schiller
Kohns, Oliver UL

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See detailEin neuer Streit der Fakultäten?
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in Mein, Georg; Pause, Johannes (Eds.) Self and Society in the Corona Crisis: Perspectives from the Humanities and Social Sciences (2020)

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See detailDer Serienverbrecher als Spieler : Zu einer literarischen Genrefigur um 1900 (Professor Moriarty, Dr. Fu-Manchu, Dr. Mabuse)
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in Amann, Wilhelm; Sieburg, Heinz (Eds.) Spiel-Werke : Perspektiven auf literarische Spiele und Games (2020)

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See detailFiktionalität und Politikwissenschaft
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in Missinne, Lut; Schneider, Ralf; Van Dam, Beatrix (Eds.) Fiktionalität (2020)

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See detailDie Maske des Bösen : Lombroso, Fu-Manchu, Mabuse
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Scientific Conference (2019, October)

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See detailEine Krise der Öffentlichkeit : Protest, Populismus, "Neue Medien"
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Scientific Conference (2019, June)

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See detailThe Pact with the Devil as Model and Crisis of Complicity (Marlowe, Goethe)
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Scientific Conference (2019, March)

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See detailKomparatistik als Praxis der Freiheit (Hans-Jost Frey, Werner Hamacher)
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Scientific Conference (2019, January)

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See detailWerkimmanente Intertextualität bei Peter Handke : Selbstzitat, -fortschreibung, -kommentar und -parodie
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in Carstensen, Thorsten (Ed.) Die tägliche Schrift : Peter Handke als Leser (2019)

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See detailHaben die 'neuen Medien' die Öffentlichkeit zerstört? : Ein Versuch zur Differenzierung
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Article for general public (2019)

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See detailReferat: Goten, Angela van der: Im Gespaltenen Zauberland. Oswald Spengler und die Aneignung des Fremden. Heidelberg: Winter, 2015
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in Germanistik : Internationales Referatenorgan mit bibliographischen Hinweisen (2019), 60(1-2), 410

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