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  • Superheroes and Superegos: Analyzing the Minds Behind the Masksby Sharon Packer

    ABC-CLIO 2009; US$ 60.00

    Superheroes have provided entertainment for generations, but there is much more to these fictional characters than what first meets the eye. Superheros and Superegos: Analyzing the Minds Behind the Masks begins its exploration in 1938 with the creation of Superman and continues to the present, with a nod to the forerunners of superhero stories in... more...

  • Cinema's Sinister Psychiatristsby Sharon Packer

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2012; US$ 45.00

    Film history is merged with psychiatric history seamlessly, to show how and why bad depictions of mind doctors (especially hypnotists) occur in early film, long before Hannibal Lecter burst upon the scene. The German Expressionist Dr. Caligari is not cinema's first psychotic charlatan, but he launches the stereotype of screen psychiatrists who... more...

  • Neuroscience in Science Fiction Filmsby Sharon Packer

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2014; US$ 39.95

    As the gap between science fiction and science fact has narrowed, films that were intended as pure fantasy at the time of their premier have taken on deeper meaning. This volume explores neuroscience in science fiction films, focusing on neuroscience and psychiatry as running themes in SF and finding correlations between turning points in "neuroscience... more...

  • Mental Illness in Popular Cultureby Sharon Packer

    ABC-CLIO 2017; US$ 58.00

    Mental health professionals and advocates typically point a finger at pop culture for sensationalizing and stigmatizing mental illness, perpetuating stereotypes, and capitalizing on the increased anxiety that invariably follows mass shootings at schools, military bases, or workplaces; on public transportation; or at large public gatherings. While... more...

  • A History of Evil in Popular Culture: What Hannibal Lecter, Stephen King, and Vampires Reveal About America [2 volumes]by Sharon Packer; Jody Pennington

    ABC-CLIO 2014; US$ 131.00

    Evil has been with us since the Garden of Eden, when Eve unleashed evil by biting the apple. Outside of theology, evil remains a highly relevant concept in contemporary times: evil villains in films and literature make these stories entertaining; our criminal justice system decides the fate of convicted criminals based on the determination of their... more...

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