Bullying in Popular Culture
Essays on Film, Television and Novels
About the Book
Public awareness of bullying has increased tremendously in recent years, largely through its representation in film, television and novels. In popular media targeted towards young readers and viewers, depictions of bullying can present teachable moments and relatable situations.
Written from a variety of perspectives, this collection of new essays offers a broad overview of bullying. The contributors discuss the changing face of bullying in popular media, bullying among females, parents who cyberbully, anti-bullying novels, the phenomenon of a Schadenfreude obsessed culture, and how reality television shapes youth perceptions of what is acceptable aggressiveness.
About the Author(s)
Abigail G. Scheg is a course mentor for General Education Composition at Western Governors University. She lives in Sewickley, Pennsylvania.
Edited by Abigail G. Scheg
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliographies, index
Copyright Date: 2015
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Introduction—Abigail G. Scheg 1
The Changing Faces of Bullying in Popular Culture: An Historical Account of Research in Bullying—Kulwinder P. Kaur 13
Bullying Boundaries: How Are Reality Television Programs and School Policies Shaping Youth Perceptions of Acceptable Aggressive Behaviors?—Tamara Girardi 29
Bullying Bullies: Narratives of Territoriality in American Popular Culture—Eduardo Barros-Grela 40
The Chocolate War and Anti-Bullying Novels in Popular Culture—Nina Marie Bone 55
The Power of Praise—Mary-Lynn Chambers 65
Not Just for the Kids: Parents Who Cyberbully—Abigail G. Scheg 82
“Fire is catching!” and So Is Bullying: The Hunger Games—Katherine Lashley 91
Queerness and Bullying in Popular Culture—Kylo-Patrick R. Hart 103
Swatch Dogs and Plastics: The Codification of Female Bullying—Kasey Butcher 117
It Gets Better (When You Come Back from the Grave and Kill Them All): Bullying and the Horror Film and the Indeterminacy of the Monster—Fernando Gabriel, Pagnoni Berns, Mariana S. Zárate and Canela Ailen Rodriguez Fontao 130
Bullying, Quidditch and the Golden Snitch: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone—Chantelle MacPhee 144
“Carrie White burns in hell”: Re-Evaluating Carrie in the Post-Columbine Era—Don Tresca 152
Dauntless Bullying in Veronica Roth’s Divergent—Katherine Lashley 164
The Post–9/11 John Wayne vs. Bullying: A Tale of a Schadenfreude Obsessed Culture—Kelly F. Franklin 176
About the Contributors 189
Book Reviews & Awards
“with additional topics such as bullying in the LGBT community, protecting those who are most vulnerable, and implementing policy and law, Scheg’s book adds significantly to the field of bullying and its connection to media”—Journal of American Culture.