Mystery, Violence, and Popular Culture is John G. Cawelti's discussion of American popular culture and violence, from its precursors in Homer and Shakespeare to the Lone Ranger and Superman. Cawelti deciphers the overt sexuality, detached violence, and political intrigue embedded within Batman and.007. He analyzes the work of such famous pop-culture icons as Alfred Hitchcock, the Beatles, and Andy Warhol, and looks at a range of films, from Psycho and Dances with Wolves, and literature, from The Waste Land to Catch 22.
John G. Cawelti is professor emeritus of English and humanities at the University of Kentucky. His many books include Apostles of the Self-Made Man; Adventure, Mystery, and Romance; Leon Forrest; and The Six-Gun Mystique Sequel.