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Divergent women: interdisciplinary perspectives on female deviance and dissent (2022)
Book
(2022). L. Rumson, & A. Bentham (Eds.), Divergent women: interdisciplinary perspectives on female deviance and dissent. Emerald

A ‘good woman’ is hard to find. To be ‘good’, after all, women face expectations that are shifting, internally contradictory, emotionally extreme, and prospectively even deadly. To be divergent, on the other hand, is an expansive position, encompassi... Read More about Divergent women: interdisciplinary perspectives on female deviance and dissent.

Art or science? Formulating empathy in Breaking Bad (2017)
Book Chapter
Bentham, A. (2018). Art or science? Formulating empathy in Breaking Bad. In R. Nelems, & N. Theo (Eds.), Exploring Empathy : its propagations perimeters and potentialities (161-192). Leiden: Brill

When Vince Gilligan pitched the idea for ‘Breaking Bad’ to studio bosses at AMC, his description of it as ‘a story about a man who transforms himself from Mr Chips into Scarface’ proved to be enough of a hook to take the show into production. Howeve... Read More about Art or science? Formulating empathy in Breaking Bad.

Summons and repulsion : the curious appeal of Tony Soprano (2015)
Book Chapter
Bentham, A. (2015). Summons and repulsion : the curious appeal of Tony Soprano. In F. Peters, & R. Stewart (Eds.), Antihero (72-84). Bristol: Intellect

Summons and Repulsion: The Curious Appeal of Tony Soprano In a Los Angeles Times article published in the wake of James Gandolfini’s death, Chris Lee described Tony Soprano, Gandolfini’s most famous incarnation, as ‘a cultural sensation’, ‘one of TV... Read More about Summons and repulsion : the curious appeal of Tony Soprano.

Empathy for the devil : the poetics of identification in psychopath fiction
Thesis
Bentham, A. Empathy for the devil : the poetics of identification in psychopath fiction. (Thesis). University of Salford

As Philip L. Simpson notes, humankind has an ‘ongoing...fascination with tales of gruesome murders and evil villains’ (15). Popular culture abounds with depictions of the mad and the bad; and perhaps no single disorder holds as much morbid appeal as... Read More about Empathy for the devil : the poetics of identification in psychopath fiction.