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Maille, Patrick: The Cards. The Evolution and Power of Tarot. Jackson: Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2021. (247 S.) 
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Resource type: Book
Languages: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 9781496832993
BibTeX citation key: Maille2021
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Deadpool", "The Books of Magic", Gaiman. Neil, Game, Superhero, Themes and motives, United Kingdom, USA
Creators: Maille
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi (Jackson)
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Abstract
Tarot cards have been around since the Renaissance and have become increasingly popular in recent years, often due to their prevalence in popular culture. While Tarot means many different things to many different people, the cards somehow strike universal chords that can resonate through popular culture in the contexts of art, television, movies, even comic books. The symbolism within the cards, and the cards as symbols themselves, make Tarot an excellent device for the media of popular culture in numerous ways. They make horror movies scarier. They make paintings more provocative. They provide illustrative structure to comics and can establish the traits of television characters.
The Cards: The Evolution and Power of Tarot begins with an extensive review of the history of Tarot from its roots as a game to its supposed connection to ancient Egyptian magic, through its place in secret societies, and to its current use in meditation and psychology. This section ends with an examination of the people who make up today’s tarot community. Then, specific areas of popular culture—art, television, movies, and comics—are each given a chapter in which to survey the use of Tarot. In this section, author Patrick Maille analyzes such works as Deadpool, Books of Magic by Neil Gaiman, Disney's Haunted Mansion, Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows, The Andy Griffith Show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and King of the Hill. The cards are evocative images in their own right, but the mystical fascination they inspire makes them a fantastic tool to be used in our favorite shows and stories.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments (ix)
Introduction (3)

1. The Origins of the Tarot Cards (13)
2. Tarot in the Twentieth Century (35)
3: Who Are These People? The Tarot Community in American Culture (70)
4: The Art of Tarot (109)
5: Tarot Cards and Television: Inspiring Fear, Wrestling with Fate, and Forming the Narrative (145)
6: Tarot Goes to the Movies (173)
7: Tarot and Comics (201)

Conclusion (229)

Timeline (233)
Suggested Reading List (235)
Works Cited (237)
Index (243)


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