The Myth of the Titanic: Centenary Edition

Paperback | April 15, 2012

byRichard Howells

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Why does the story of the Titanic retain such a hold on the popular imagination, one hundred years after it sank on the night of 15 April 1912? Howells explores the myths around the Titanic legend, showing what they reveal about the culture of their time, as well as the role that myth still plays in our lives today.

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Why does the story of the Titanic retain such a hold on the popular imagination, one hundred years after it sank on the night of 15 April 1912? Howells explores the myths around the Titanic legend, showing what they reveal about the culture of their time, as well as the role that myth still plays in our lives today.

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 f...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 7.9 × 5.06 × 0.76 inPublished:April 15, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230313809

ISBN - 13:9780230313804

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Table of Contents

List of IllustrationsPreface to the Second EditionAcknowledgements IntroductionA Brief History of the TitanicMyth and the Titanic"Women and Children First!""We Shall Die Like Gentlemen""Be British!""Nearer, My God, to Thee""The Unsinkable Ship"ConclusionNotesBibliography and SourcesIndex

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"Howells' book is a model of cultural history, thoroughly researched, carefully argued and consistently illuminating." - Professor Jeffrey Richards, Times Higher Education Supplement"Richard Howells makes a gripping story out of the fashioning of a myth. He delights equally in the fixing of the facts which unsettle the fairy stories, as he does in the richly human stories themselves. Taking on the movie and showing up its mythic deceptions without a tremor, he turns to face Edwardian England just as coolly, and quietly identifies its necessary illusions. Then he rolls up all the tales into a single mighty myth, all the while doing justice to truth, to horror, to sentimentality, and to a rattling good read."- Fred Inglis, Professor of Cultural Studies, University of Sheffield, UK"Finally a book that probes not only the cultural frameworks enclosing the Titanic disaster between 1912 and 1914, but how those frameworks endure today." - John R. Stilgoe, Harvard University"This book is very well referenced... and will prove a reference work in its own right." - Atlantic Daily Bulletin (Journal of the British Titanic Society)"[Howells] crafts an easily accessible, well-organized, and logical book..." - Kristi A. Bell, Journal of American Folklore