Reimagining Delilah’s Afterlives as Femme Fatale

The Lost Seduction

Reimagining Delilah’s Afterlives as Femme Fatale

The story of Samson and Delilah in Judges 16 has been studied and retold over the centuries by biblical interpreters, artists, musicians, filmmakers and writers. Within these scholarly and cultural retellings, Delilah is frequently fashioned as the quintessential femme fatale - the shamelessly seductive 'fatal woman' whose sexual treachery ultimately leads to Samson's downfall. Yet these ubiquitous portrayals of Delilah as femme fatale tend to eclipse the many other viable readings of her character that lie, underexplored, within the ambiguity-laden narrative of Judges 16 - interpretations that offer alternative and more sympathetic portrayals of her biblical persona. In Reimagining Delilah's Afterlives as Femme Fatale, Caroline Blyth guides readers through an in-depth exploration of Delilah's afterlives as femme fatale in both biblical interpretation and popular culture, tracing the social and historical factors that may have inspired them. She then considers alternative afterlives for Delilah's character, using as inspiration both the Judges 16 narrative and a number of cultural texts which deconstruct traditional understandings of the femme fatale, thereby inviting readers to view this iconic biblical character in new and fascinating lights.

Executing Freedom

The Cultural Life of Capital Punishment in the United States

Executing Freedom

“Breaks new ground . . . shows compellingly and convincingly that punishment provides a major gateway to exploring a society and culture.”—Journal of American History In the mid-1990s, as public trust in big government was near an all-time low, 80% of Americans told Gallup that they supported the death penalty. Why did people who didn’t trust government to regulate the economy or provide daily services nonetheless believe that it should have the power to put its citizens to death? That question is at the heart of Executing Freedom, a powerful, wide-ranging examination of the place of the death penalty in American culture and how it has changed over the years. Drawing on an array of sources, including congressional hearings and campaign speeches, true crime classics like In Cold Blood, and films like Dead Man Walking, Daniel LaChance shows how attitudes toward the death penalty have reflected broader shifts in Americans’ thinking about the relationship between the individual and the state. Emerging from the height of 1970s disillusion, the simplicity and moral power of the death penalty became a potent symbol for many Americans of what government could do—and LaChance argues, fascinatingly, that it’s the very failure of capital punishment to live up to that mythology that could prove its eventual undoing in the United States. “Fiercely provocative . . . A must-read for socio-legal studies and punishment scholars who want to know more about how the phenomenon of capital punishment took on a life of its own in the modern US cultural imagination.”—Theoretical Criminology

Video Hound's Golden Movie Retriever

Video Hound's Golden Movie Retriever

This comprehensive guide contains the most extensive listing of movies available on video--with 1,000 new movies, added categories, and more--plus a multitude of cross-referencing within its 13 primary indexes.

Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible

Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible

The Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible gathers nearly 5,000 alphabetically ordered articles that thoroughly yet clearly explain all the books, persons, places, and significant terms found in the Bible. The Dictionary also explores the background of each biblical book and related writings and discusses cultural, natural, geographical, and literary phenomenae matters that Bible students at all levels may encounter in reading or discussion. Nearly 600 first-rate Bible authorities have contributed to the Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible. Intended as a tool for practical Bible use, this illustrated dictionary reflects recent archaeological discoveries and the breadth of current biblical scholarship, including insights from critical analysis of literary, historical, sociological, and other methodological issues. The editorial team has also incorporated articles that explore and interpret important focuses of biblical theology, text and transmission, Near Eastern archaeology, extrabiblical writings, and pertinent ecclesiastical traditions - all of which help make the Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible the most comprehensive and up-to-date one-volume Bible dictionary on the market today.

Video Hounds Golden Movie Retrievee

The Complete Guide to Movies on Videocassette, DVD and Laserdisc

Video Hounds Golden Movie Retrievee

Containing the most extensive listing of movies available on video and a multitude of cross-referencing within its 10 primary indexes, this new edition includes 1,000 new movies (23,000 in all), expanded indexing, a fresh new introduction and more of the beloved categories.

VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever

2002

VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever

Describes and rates more than twenty thousand videos, and provides indexes by theme, awards, actors, actresses, and directors.

Film Composers Directory

Film Composers Directory

This directory provides an easy-to-use, accurate and up-to-date reference to film composers. Although designed mainly to be used by film production companies looking to hire composers, Film Composers has also found a strong audience among lovers of film music as well as researchers. Features include: Alphabetical listing of composers by name with a chronological listing of their credits showing releasing company and date of release; Contact information, when available, as well as any union, guild and/or society information; Cross-referenced index of film titles in alphabetical order followed by the name of the composer; Academy and Emmy Award winners and nominees among the composers listed in the book; A section on 'Notable Composers of the Past', showing the careers of selected composers since the beginnings of sound.