American Psycho

In American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis imaginatively explores the incomprehensible depths of madness and captures the insanity of violence in our time or any other. Patrick Bateman moves among the young and trendy in 1980s Manhattan.

Author: Bret Easton Ellis

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307756435

Category: Fiction

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The modern classic, the basis of a Broadway musical, and major motion picture from Lion's Gate Films starring Christian Bale, Chloe Sevigny, Jared Leto, and Reese Witherspoon, and directed by Mary Harron. In American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis imaginatively explores the incomprehensible depths of madness and captures the insanity of violence in our time or any other. Patrick Bateman moves among the young and trendy in 1980s Manhattan. Young, handsome, and well educated, Bateman earns his fortune on Wall Street by day while spending his nights in ways we cannot begin to fathom. Expressing his true self through torture and murder, Bateman prefigures an apocalyptic horror that no society could bear to confront.

SPIN

And when the publishing house of Simon & Schuster suddenly announced that
they were refusing to release American Psycho, the most recent novel by 26-year
-old Bret Easton Ellis, the author's agent, Amanda "Binky" Urban, announced that
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From the concert stage to the dressing room, from the recording studio to the digital realm, SPIN surveys the modern musical landscape and the culture around it with authoritative reporting, provocative interviews, and a discerning critical ear. With dynamic photography, bold graphic design, and informed irreverence, the pages of SPIN pulsate with the energy of today's most innovative sounds. Whether covering what's new or what's next, SPIN is your monthly VIP pass to all that rocks.

American Psycho

Based on the electrifying novel by Bret Easton Ellis, the musical tells the story of Patrick Bateman, a young and handsome Wall Street banker with impeccable taste and unquenchable desires.

Author: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

Publisher: Samuel French, Incorporated

ISBN: 9780573707230

Category: Musicals

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Based on the electrifying novel by Bret Easton Ellis, the musical tells the story of Patrick Bateman, a young and handsome Wall Street banker with impeccable taste and unquenchable desires. Patrick and his elite group of friends spend their days in chic restaurants, exclusive clubs, and designer labels. But at night, Patrick takes part in a darker indulgence, and his mask of sanity is starting to slip...

Un American Psycho

Like American Psycho, it is recursive at every level; there is no solid surface to
step down to. In this way American Psycho teaches you to read, just as Body
Double teaches you to watch: rhetorically, Ellis sets two traps for the reader and
waits ...

Author: Chris Dumas

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 1841505544

Category: Art

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This book is moving around two intricately interwoven topics, the history of film studies and the failed scholarly reception (or perhaps just failed reception) of Brian De Palma's films, this book asks troubling, provocative questions not only about what and how De Palma's films mean in the cultural and scholarly imaginary, but about the causal relationship of politics to taste (in this sense it's a much needed updating of Bourdieu's work) and about a certain un-ease at the heart of film studies itself. Further, this book claims to provide an authoritative, onestop guide to the basic facts abo.

American Psycho

Patrick Bateman leads a normal, dull existence in the office by day, but by night, he transforms into a fiendish psychopath, slaying without motive or mercy.

Author: Bret Easton Ellis

Publisher: Picador

ISBN: 9780330485425

Category: American psycho (Motion picture)

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Patrick Bateman is 26. He works on Wall Street. He is charming, handsome, rich, successful... and one of the most vicious killers in history. This book about him has now been made into a film. Starring Christian Bale as Bateman, it includes a stellar cast of Hollywood actors.

Bret Easton Ellis s American Psycho

THE POLITICS OF AMERICAN PSYCHO What is not a fiction is the fundamental
social reality that Bateman represents in the work, which it was Bret Easton Ellis'
purpose to highlight and satirize in American Psycho. However 'illusory' ...

Author: Julian Murphet

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0826452450

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 95

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This is part of a new series of guides to contemporary novels. The aim of the series is to give readers accessible and informative introductions to some of the most popular, most acclaimed and most influential novels of recent years - from ‘The Remains of the Day' to ‘White Teeth'. A team of contemporary fiction scholars from both sides of the Atlantic has been assembled to provide a thorough and readable analysis of each of the novels in question.

Intimate Violence

PSYCHO. AND. THE. AMERICAN. PSYCHE. READING. THE. FORBIDDEN.
TEXT. The appearance of the body in ... Bret Easton Ellis's controversial novel
American Psycho investigates the impact of a capitalist mentality on conceptions
of ...

Author: Laura E. Tanner

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253115973

Category: Literary Criticism

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"Tanner deals with the central question of all narrative texts: how the reader is manipulated into empathy or distance by the text.... This study... is the sort that needs to be redone in every classroom and by every mature reader.... Tanner offers provocative and useful discussions of rape and torture... " -- Choice "This thoughtful and disturbing book raises serious questions about 'the consequences... of reading representations of rape and torture.' " -- American Literature "In this incisive exploration of twentieth-century novels, art, and ads, Laura Tanner explains the mechanisms by which reader and viewer are implicated in violence. Equally effective as a challenge to textual assault is the grace and gentleness of Tanner's own prose. Intimate Violence signals the emergence of an astute and humane critical voice." -- Wendy Steiner Through an examination of such notorious works as The White Hotel and American Psycho, Laura Tanner leads us in a disturbing exploration of the reader's complicity with fictional depictions of intimate violence.

American Psycho and Social Criticism Illusion or Reality

It covers the story of the serial killer Patrick Bateman, who enjoys a good reputation everywhere in Manhattan.

Author: Lena Groß

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3656600945

Category: Literary Criticism

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Seminar paper from the year 2013 in the subject English - Literature, Works, grade: 1,0, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, language: English, abstract: The filming of Bret Easton Ellis’ bestseller novel American Psycho caused a major scandal after its publication in 2000 (Lee Brien). It covers the story of the serial killer Patrick Bateman, who enjoys a good reputation everywhere in Manhattan. Bateman is a young, athletic, handsome, successful, and stereotypical 1980s yuppie, who you are able to see in magazines, journals, advertising for Calvin Klein or Hugo Boss, and on Wall Street. On the other hand, he murders, rapes, tortures, mutilates, and cannibalizes his victims, but his cruel acts remain undetected. At first sight, Patrick’s behavior seems very irritating because he neither provides the audience with any reasons for his murders, nor with any psychological insight into his character to justify his actions. Taking a closer look, his behavior and violence are an expression of the materialistic, superficial nature of the American society to which Bateman wants to belong “and into which his sickness and inhumanity do actually ‘fit’” (Horsley 222). Although a lot of Bateman’s brutal actions are shown, at the end of the movie the audience comes to question if all these murders really happened because some inconsistencies in his story become apparent e.g. Bateman outlines the murder of a man, who at this point was not even in town. Therefore, the question is raised as to whether the murders are real or just a product of Bateman’s imagination, and if they are real, is the society so over the top that not even the crime matters and he is able to escape unpunished? In this paper, this question and especially what the murders are about to express either way will be analyzed in view of social criticism. Therefore, first of all, American society in the 1980s will be outlined to help the reader better understand the contemporary historical background to which the movie refers. Subsequently, the amoral materialism in American consumer society pictured in American Psycho will be described to clarify the social circumstances Bateman lives in. Accordingly, Bateman’s cruel actions will be analyzed and its truth content will be discussed to later on conclude that this kind of society is not able to fulfill his life and by the help of violence Bateman wants to escape the conformity of America’s superficial society.


Violence and Perversity in American Psycho

That is the main reason why many critics condemned this novel before it had been published so Ellis even had to search for a new publishing company.

Author: Polina Choparinova

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Seminar paper from the year 2008 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, printed single-sided, grade: 1,7, University of Mannheim, language: English, abstract: Bret Easton Ellis American Psycho has been a highly controversial book. The novel is a first person narrative describing episodes in the life of a wealthy young Mannhattanite and self- proclaimed serial killer. The author tries to reproduce the culture in the 1980s, which embodies the decade and all the cliches of the decade in the West- the manic consumer overdrive, exhaustion, wipe-out, terror, relentless aggression, violence and perversity. That is the main reason why many critics condemned this novel before it had been published so Ellis even had to search for a new publishing company. Even the publishers, Simon and Schuster, of his first two novels Less than zero and The Rules of Attraction decided to terminate his contract (Annesley 1998). The explicit and detailed description of violence in this book was the reason for the reaction of the critics in that way. It is not necessary to say that all these controversies made on one hand American Psycho Ellis's most successful book and on the other hand guaranteed him a place in the history of American literature. In this paper, I will study the Patrick Bateman's personality and the contrast between the public person Patrick Bateman and his alter ego. This aims to show the reasons and motives for his behavior and at the same time will help to create a picture of social phenomena in the USA of the 80s as they are described in the novel, in order to provide the settings, the atmosphere in which the violence takes place. This will help to give an opinion of this violence and perversity and to interpret them. In this chapter I want to give a short interpretation of American Psycho based on the previous insights and I am going to study how violence is presented in the text. At the end of my term paper I would like to give a brief info


Violence In American Psycho Forms And Function

To pursue that goal, this paper follows a certain structure: After providing background information on the author, historical context and also the creational process of the book itself, violence as portrayed in American Psycho will be ...

Author: Till Neuhaus

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3346212505

Category: Literary Collections

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Seminar paper from the year 2015 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 1,7, Bielefeld University (Linguistik und Literaturwissenschaft), language: English, abstract: Why was there such a public outcry about American Psycho? To add further dimensions to this question, this paper will try to provide a deeper insight on the functions of violence in American Psycho. To pursue that goal, this paper follows a certain structure: After providing background information on the author, historical context and also the creational process of the book itself, violence as portrayed in American Psycho will be analyzed. Therefore, a theoretical framework, which ascribes specific functions to certain forms of violence, will be created. In a second step, the forms of violence as presented in American Psycho will be discussed and classified on the basis of the previously constructed framework. After having found, named and classified distinct features of violence and their functions in the novel, it will be investigated to what extent the horror Bret Easton Ellis has created differs from traditional illustrations of violence and horror. The overarching question of this segment will be: What did Bret Easton Ellis do differently which would explain the audience’s intensive feeling of horror? The introductory hypothesis is that American Psycho was able to use violence on various levels and with multiple functions. Violence is not solely used to assign certain character traits to the protagonist and the society he lives in but also serves as vehicle to overcome the protagonist’s problems, namely anonymity of the cold-hearted world presented in the novel. Furthermore, violence also serves as a symbol for a constant and omnipresent threat, which creates the feeling of horror. Additionally, violence is also used as a provocation while simultaneously hinting at the absence of ethics, which then again turns out to be social criticism of the protagonist’s world. In addition to this, the horror Bret Easton Ellis creates unites well-known concepts, brands, locations, etc. and combines those with an, until then, unknown feature, namely irrational and thereby uncontrollable violence. This creates a feeling of realism which, together with the absences of ethics, moral judgment and rationality, leaves the reader behind in a more vulnerable state than solely explicit violence in a surreal setting. This hypothesis will be taken up by the end of the paper and will then be verified, falsified or further modified.

Novels of the Contemporary Extreme

Nou/heres'.*. American. Psycho. and. Violence. 's. Critique. Naomi. Mandel.
BLOOD/RED: CRITICAL ENCOUNTERS OF ... WHO ENTER HERE IS
SCRAWLED IN BLOOD" (3) - American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis's controversial
novel of 1991, ...

Author: Alain-Philippe Durand

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780826490889

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Charts a new international writing phenomenon - 'contemporary extreme literature'.

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Elites in The Great Gatsby and American Psycho A Comparison of the Illustration of Elites

The novels, which will be the basis for this comparison, are F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and Bret Easton Ellis ́ American Psycho. The explanation of the literary choices will be delivered in the next section.

Author: Till Neuhaus

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Bachelor Thesis from the year 2014 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2.0, Bielefeld University, language: English, abstract: This paper aims at comparing the illustration of elites in two different temporal episodes. The novels, which will be the basis for this comparison, are F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and Bret Easton Ellis ́ American Psycho. The explanation of the literary choices will be delivered in the next section. Both, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Bret Easton Ellis, have created characters larger than life which partly represent the perversion of the upper classes but both also provide literally, symbolically and figuratively different approaches to escape the problems they are facing. May it be Jay Gatsby or Patrick Bateman; they both feel uncomfortable in their respective environments and strive for something their current life cannot provide. Those desires reflect the bygone and contemporary decoupling of the upper classes lives and thereby comment on society as a whole in their respective temporal context. After explaining what makes those novels predestinated for a comparison, New York as a social and cultural concept and its history will be depicted. Considering that both novels take place in New York and the geographical space clearly has an impact on the progression of the plot but also the mindset of the protagonists, New York needs to be understood first, to then derive sense from the novels taking place there. Afterwards, the term elites will be defined and set into context. After having created a working definition of the term elites, the work on the two novels will start with a temporal contextualization of the novel and the authors' lives. After doing so, the actual illustration of the elites will be analyzed. In a second step, the two novels and their depiction of the upper classes will be compared and contrasted. After identifying both, differences but also uniting factors, the conclusion wil

Contagion

Ellis , American Psycho , 304 . 44. Martin Weinreich , “ Into the Void ' : The
Hyperrealism of Simulation in Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho , ”
Amerikastudien / American Studies 49 , no . 1 ( 2004 ) : 72 . 45. Ellis , American
Psycho , 345 . 46.

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Masks of an American Psycho

WARNING: THIS BOOK MAY BE TOO GRAPHIC FOR SOME READERS.Dr. Dawson earned a Ph.D. in psychology from The New School for Social Research, Graduate Faculty, New York City.

Author: Paul Dawson, Dr.

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781493601677

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 332

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Dr. Paul Dawson's MASKS OF AN AMERICAN PSYCHO - TED BUNDY: YOUNG WOMEN'S SEX-KILLER NIGHTMARE! THIRD EDITION! It is suggested you get the package of the four new editions on Ted Bundy including MASKS OF TED BUNDY, CAMPUS KILLER'S SECRET OBSESSION, MY TED BUNDY INTERVIEWS RAW!, and MASKS OF A LADY KILLER. MASKS OF AN AMERICAN PSYCHO is an earlier edition.Dr. Dawson evaluates the most notorious American serial-sex killer: Ted Bundy. Bundy's Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde secret life is examined. How could Ted, a college graduate and law student, be a dashing, charming, handsome and seductive all-American preppy in one situation…And then twist into a brutal, cruel, sadistic serial-sex murderer when triggered. Dr. Dawson interviewed Ted Bundy in prison.Ted Bundy said: “I don't feel guilty for anything. I feel sorry for people who feel guilt...You feel the last bit of breath leaving their body. You're looking into their eyes. A person in that situation is God!” Dr. Dawson has researched Bundy's mental disorder symptoms, peeled back the inscrutable, charismatic, amiable layers Ted presented to his victims, and come to some diagnostic conclusions revealing Bundy's shocking, horrendous, ghastly, mostly hidden serial-sex killer persona. MASKS OF AN AMERICAN PSYCHO – TED BUNDY: YOUNG WOMEN'S SEX-KILLER NIGHTMARE! SECOND EDITION! is a “must read” for true crime buffs or women and girls looking to avoid the next Ted Bundy type serial-sex killer or rapist.MASKS OF AN AMERICAN PSYCHO has been replaced by another edition. It is recommended that you buy the package of the four books by Dr. Dawson on Ted Bundy including: MY TED BUNDY INTERVIEWS RAW! ICONIC “CAMPUS KILLER” MURDER SCENES AND PRISON INTERVIEWS!; MASKS of TED BUNDY: MY INTERVIEWS with THE ALL-AMERICAN PSYCHO; MASKS OF A LADY KILLER - TED BUNDY: COLLEGE GIRL'S HORROR!; CAMPUS KILLER'S SECRET OBSESSION: TED BUNDY, ALL-AMERICAN MADMAN KILLS ALL-AMERICAN GIRLS! WARNING: THIS BOOK MAY BE TOO GRAPHIC FOR SOME READERS.Dr. Dawson earned a Ph.D. in psychology from The New School for Social Research, Graduate Faculty, New York City. Dr. Dawson has been chief psychologist of a state prison system, clinical psychologist in mental hospitals, clinics and in private practice. Dr. Dawson has written over 20 books including: MASKS of PREDATORS; BPD RECOVERY; BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER; MARILYN MONROE DIAGNOSED; PRINCESS DIANA DIAGNOSED; MASKS OF SEX PREDATORS; PSYCHOLOGY OF MEN WHO ABUSE WOMEN; HOW TO GET SOBER; ANGELINA JOLIE PSYCHOANALYZED; JOHNNY DEPP DIAGNOSED; MY TED BUNDY INTERVIEWS RAW! ICONIC “CAMPUS KILLER” MURDER SCENES AND PRISON INTERVIEWS!; MASKS of TED BUNDY: MY INTERVIEWS with THE ALL-AMERICAN PSYCHO; MASKS OF A LADY KILLER - TED BUNDY: COLLEGE GIRL'S HORROR!; CAMPUS KILLER'S SECRET OBSESSION: TED BUNDY, ALL-AMERICAN MADMAN KILLS ALL-AMERICAN GIRLS! ROCK STARS DIAGNOSED; SPIRITUAL THERAPY; NARCOTERRORIST PSYCHOPATHS; PSYCHOPATHS; MASKS OF CHARLES MANSON; JODI ARIAS DIAGNOSED; MASKS OF KARLA HOMOLKA; PRINCESS DIANA'S THERAPIST - MY PSYCHOTHERAPY SESSIONS with DIANA: PRINCESS of WALES.

Phenomenological Approaches to Popular Culture

VIOLENCE AND BAUDRILLARDIAN REPETITION IN BRET EASTON ELLIS ' S
AMERICAN PSYCHO James Brusseau Bret Easton Ellis ' s Less Than Zero (
1985 ) was a critical and sales success ( 75 , 000 hardcover copies in the first
year ...

Author: Michael Thomas Carroll

Publisher: Popular Press

ISBN: 9780879728106

Category: History

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Within popular culture studies, one finds discussions about quantitative sociology, Marxism, psychoanalysis, myth criticism, feminism, and semiotics, but hardly a word on the usefulness of phenomenology, the branch of philosophy concerned with human experience. In spite of this omission, there is a close relationship between the aims of phenomenology and the aims of popular culture studies, for both movements have attempted to redirect academic study toward everyday lived experience. The fifteen essays in this volume demonstrate the way in which phenomenological approaches can illuminate popular culture studies, and in so doing they take on the entire range of popular culture.

Mythologies of Violence in Postmodern Media

1 AMERICAN PSYCHO / sis : THE PURE PRODUCTS OF AMERICA GO CRAZY
BARRY KEITH GRANT In the 1980s , the Talking Heads asked the timely musical
question , “ Psycho killer , qu'est que c'est ? ” It seems that this question has ...

Author: Barry Keith Grant

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 9780814327425

Category: Performing Arts

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This anthology examines a number of issues related to violence within the media landscape.

The Modern American Novel of Violence

blatt's " prissy " review of American Psycho , returns to The Scarlet Letter and
Hawthorne's admonition against censorship both literal and psychological .
Appropriately , Irving entitles his attack on censorship and repression "
Pornography and ...

Author: Patrick W. Shaw

Publisher: Whitston Publishing Company

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H. Rap Brown observed that "Violence is as American as cherry pie." Through insightful and absorbing commentaries on writers as diverse as William Faulkner and Bret Easton Ellis, "The Modern American Novel of Violence" defines literary violence and examines the phenomenon of cultural violence that Brown correctly noted about America.