The Popular is an Anglophone research group devoted to the analysis of popular culture and other manifestations of the popular in the literatures, media and cultures of the English-speaking world. We focus in particular on transnational, transmedial and transgeneric manifestations of the popular, and take our point of departure in a triangulation of texts within the overlapping fields of popular, mass and folk culture.
New book: Drone Age Cinema: Action Film and Sensory Assault
At a time when technological advances are transforming cultures and supporting new automated military operations, action films engage the senses and, in doing so, allow viewers to embody combat roles. This book argues that through film the viewer adapts to an ecology of fear, one that reflects global panic at the near-constant threat of conflict and violence.