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Sensational subjects - the dramatization of experience in the modern world
John Jervis
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Bloomsbury Academic
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This book is available as open access through the Bloomsbury Open Access programme and is available on what conditions does 'sensation' become 'sensational'? In the early nineteenth century murder was a staple of the sensationalizing popular press and gruesome descriptions were deployed to make a direct impact on the sensations of the reader. By the end of the century, public concern with the thrills, spills, and shocks of modern life was increasingly articulated in the language of sensation. Media sensationalism contributed to this process and magnified its impact, just as sensation was, in turn, taken up by literature, art and film. In the contemporary world the dramatization of these experiences in an era of media panics over terrorism and paedophilia has taken an overtly melodramatic form, in which battles of good and evil play out across the landscapes of our lives.Sensational Subjects develops an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to exploring these themes, their impact and their implications for understanding the modern world.A companion volume, Sympathetic Sentiments: Affect, Emotion and Spectacle in the Modern World is published simultaneously by Bloomsbury.

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John Jervis is Research Fellow in Cultural Studies at the University of Kent at Canterbury.
He is the author of Exploring the Modern: Patterns of Western Culture and Civilization (1998) and Transgressing the Modern: Explorations in the Western Experience of Otherness (2000) and the co-editor of Uncanny Modernity: Cultural Theories, Modern Anxieties (2008).

By inviting us to think about modern experience as both sensation and sensational John Jervis has written a book of wide-ranging importance. Sensational Subjects is a scintillating read.
Ben Highmore, Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex, UK

Sensational Subjects is a remarkable theoretical achievement for its analyses of the fertile interrelationships between aesthetics and a politics of modernity rich in latent possibilities and animated by our "senses" in every sense of this term.
Morton Schoolman, Professor of Political Science, SUNY Albany, USA

Keyword Index
Sensationalism in literature.|Sensationalism in journalism.|Literature, Modern - History and criticism.|Melodrama - History and criticism.
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