Notoriety and Fame: The Case of Synge’s “The Playboy of the Western World”

Why are people like John Dillinger, Bonnie and Clyde, and Billy the Kid so powerful in our cultural imagination? All were violent criminals, but they achieved a notoriety and popularity not in spite of, but because of their crimes. Why do we sometimes venerate those whom, under different circumstances, we would abhor? This question was […]