Violence and Mediation in Contemporary Culture

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Ten essays explore violence in relation to notions of difference, representation, and power; and the role of mediation in providing communal space in which cultural differences can interplay without conflict. Among the topics are the semiotics of windows and television screens, gender relations in contemporary film, and the image of Mormons in popular literature. The fiction of Kafka, Lu Xun, Conrad Aiken, Toni Morrison, and Ronald Sukenick is also examined. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Ronald Bogue is Professor and Head in the Comparative Literature Department at the University of Georgia. He is co-editor of The Play of the Self, also published by SUNY Press.

Marcel Cornis-Pope is Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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SUNY Press
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207
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9780791496978
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English
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