What Happens Next?: Contemporary Urban Legends and Popular Culture
Gail de Vos
242 pages • 7 x 10
This fascinating book uncovers the history behind urban legends and explains how the contemporary iterations of familiar fictional tales provide a window into the modern concerns —and digital advancements—of our society.
Popular culture continues to be infused with references to urban legends, and with the advent of social media, these stories will live on digitally for years to come. The ability to electronically transmit these tales en masse makes the content our most familiar legends vulnerable to change, and introduces the genre to technically savvy—and skeptical—new audiences.
What do ghost hunting, legend tripping, and legendary monsters have in common with email hoaxes, chain letters, and horror movies? In this follow-up to Libraries Unlimited's Tales, Rumors, and Gossip: Exploring Contemporary Folk Literature in Grades 7 to 12, author Gail de Vos revisits popular urban legends, and examines the impact of media—online, social, and broadcast —on their current iterations.
What Happens Next? Contemporary Urban Legends and Popular Culture traces the evolution of contemporary legends from the tradition of oral storytelling to the sharing of stories on the Internet and TV. The author examines if the popularity of contemporary legends in the media has changed the form, role, and integrity of familiar legends. In addition to revisiting some of the legends highlighted in her first book, de Vos shares new tales in circulation which she sees as a direct result of technological advancements.
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