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The sliding scale of evil: television vampires in a post-Bush world

Chapter


Abstract


  • It is now commonly understood that vampire stories rise to prominence

    in times of political or financial crisis. It is interesting, then, to consider

    the current popularity of vampire narratives in American culture through

    the lens of 9/11, the subsequent "War on Terror," and perceptions of evil

    which were generated by these events. A range of other terms were used

    by American political figures post-9/11 to identify evil within the global

    context. In January 2002, then-president George W. Bush infamously referred

    to an "Axis of Evil" (Iraq, North Korea, and Iran) in his State of the

    Union address, in order to justify the need for military and diplomatic interventions.

    Later that year, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations,

    John R. Bolton, noted that Libya, Syria, and Cuba had moved "Beyond

    the Axis of Evil," and in January 2005, incoming U.S. Secretary of State

    Condoleezza Rice included a further four nations (Cuba, Belarus, Zimbabwe,

    and Myanmar) as "Outposts ofTyranny."

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • McMahon-Coleman, K. (2014). The sliding scale of evil: television vampires in a post-Bush world. In S. Packer & J. Pennington (Eds.), A History of Evil in Popular Culture: What Hannibal Lecter, Stephen King and Vampires Reveal about America. Volume 1. (pp. 185-197). Santa Barbara: Praeger.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/asdpapers/479

Book Title


  • A History of Evil in Popular Culture: What Hannibal Lecter, Stephen King and Vampires Reveal about America. Volume 1.

Start Page


  • 185

End Page


  • 197

Abstract


  • It is now commonly understood that vampire stories rise to prominence

    in times of political or financial crisis. It is interesting, then, to consider

    the current popularity of vampire narratives in American culture through

    the lens of 9/11, the subsequent "War on Terror," and perceptions of evil

    which were generated by these events. A range of other terms were used

    by American political figures post-9/11 to identify evil within the global

    context. In January 2002, then-president George W. Bush infamously referred

    to an "Axis of Evil" (Iraq, North Korea, and Iran) in his State of the

    Union address, in order to justify the need for military and diplomatic interventions.

    Later that year, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations,

    John R. Bolton, noted that Libya, Syria, and Cuba had moved "Beyond

    the Axis of Evil," and in January 2005, incoming U.S. Secretary of State

    Condoleezza Rice included a further four nations (Cuba, Belarus, Zimbabwe,

    and Myanmar) as "Outposts ofTyranny."

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • McMahon-Coleman, K. (2014). The sliding scale of evil: television vampires in a post-Bush world. In S. Packer & J. Pennington (Eds.), A History of Evil in Popular Culture: What Hannibal Lecter, Stephen King and Vampires Reveal about America. Volume 1. (pp. 185-197). Santa Barbara: Praeger.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/asdpapers/479

Book Title


  • A History of Evil in Popular Culture: What Hannibal Lecter, Stephen King and Vampires Reveal about America. Volume 1.

Start Page


  • 185

End Page


  • 197