The Myth of the Titanic by Richard Howells

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The first critical analysis of the Titanic as a modern myth, this book focuses on the second of the two Titanics. The first was the physical Titanic, the rusting remains of which can still be found twelve thousand feet below the north Atlantic. The second is the mythical Titanic which emerged just as its tangible predecessor slipped from view on April 15, 1912. It is the second of the two Titanics which remains the more interesting and which continues to carry cultural resonances today. The Myth of the Titanic begins with the launching of the "unsinkable ship" and ends with the outbreak of the "war to end all wars." It provides an insight into the particular culture of late-Edwardian Britain and beyond this draws far greater conclusions about the complex relationship between myth, history, popular culture and society as a whole.

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RICHARD HOWELLS is a Cultural Sociologist and Reader in Cultural and Creative Industries, King’s College, London, UK where he is also Director of the Centre for Cultural, Media and Creative Industries. He is a regular contributor to BBC radio and television, and has worked as a print and broadcast journalist and radio producer for the BBC.
Published March 29, 1999 by Palgrave Macmillan. 224 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, Professional & Technical, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction