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One of the most visible literary genres of contemporary popular culture, Fantasy is often condemned as escapist, unsophisticated and superficial. This collection of new essays puts such easy dismissals to the test by examining the ways in which Fantasy narratives present diverse, politically relevant discourses - gender, race, religion or consumerism - and thereby serve as indicators of their real-world contexts. In spite or rather because of their depiction of other worlds allegedly disconnected from our own, these texts are able to actualize political attitudes. Instead of categorizing Fantasy either as conservative or progressive, the essays suggest that its generic peculiarity allows the emergence of productive forms of oscillation between these extremes. Covered are Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings , George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire sequence, J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels, the vampire TV series True Blood , and the dystopian computer game Fallout 3 .
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780786495108 20160802
xi, 308 p. ; 24 cm.
  • The 'poetics' of communication / Bill Schwarz
  • Globalisation and cultural imperialism reconsidered / David Morley
  • The push and pull of global culture / James Lull
  • Post-feminism and popular culture : Bridget Jones and the new gender regime / Angela McRobbie
  • A nation and its immigration : the USA after September 11 / Arvind Rajagopal
  • Thinking experiences : transnational media and migrants' minds / Kevin Robins and Asu Aksoy
  • Peckham tales : mass observation and the modalities of community / Gareth Stanton
  • Media as conversation, conversation as media / John Durham Peters
  • Media and cultural theory in the age of market liberalism / James Curran
  • Placing promotional culture / Aeron Davis
  • International agreements and the regulation of world communication / Ted Magder
  • Transvaluing media studies : or, beyond the myth of the mediated centre / Nick Couldry
  • Rethinking creative production away from the cultural industries / Keith Negus
  • Inventing the psychological : lifestyle magazines and the fiction of autonomous selfhood / Lisa Blackman
  • Discussing quality : critical vocabularies and popular television drama / Christine Geraghty
  • Doing technoscience as ('new') media / Sarah Kember
  • Synthespians among us : rethinking the actor in media work and media theory / Jonathan Burston
  • Digital film and 'late' capitalism : a cinema for heroes? / Janet Harbord
  • Internet transformations : 'old' media resilience in the 'new media' revolution / Des Freedman.
Containing new thinking and original surveys, "Media and Cultural Theory" brings together leading international scholars to address key issues and debates within media and cultural studies. Through the use of contemporary media and film texts such as "Bridget Jones' Diary" and "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, and using case studies of the US and the UK after 9/11, James Curran and David Morley examine central topics including: - media representations of the new woman in contemporary society - the creation of self in lifestyle media - the nature of globalization - the rise of digital actors and media. Ideal as a course reader, with each essay covering a different major area or advance in original research, "Media and Cultural Theory" is global in its reach. Through its engagement with broad questions, it is an invaluable book that can be applied to the studies of media and cultural studies students the English-speaking world over.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780415317047 20160527
Green Library
xxiii, 204 p. ; 25 cm.
  • Not just a job : the longing for adventure in American history and American culture
  • Heroism in America : the longing for heroes in American history and American culture
  • U.S. vs. them : American paranoia and the longing for evil in American history and American culture
  • Conclusion: The contradictory compensations of popular culture.
This book investigates the hidden truths of some of America's most popular movies and TV programmes. Beginning with John Winthrop's 'city upon a hill' sermon in 1630, American culture has been informed by a sense of its own exceptional nature. As a result, America has always attempted to define itself through a network of invented myths and national narratives. "Red, White, and Spooked" details the development of the myths which can be seen underlying the genres of film noir, the characters of Superman, Batman, and Spiderman, television hits like "Deadwood" and "NYPD Blue", and the "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "Lord of the Rings" franchises.This culture-spanning investigation begins with a historical survey of supernatural and superhuman themes in American culture, concluding with the recent upsurge that began in the 1990s. It then turns to a number of thematic chapters that discuss various works of recent popular culture with supernatural and superhuman themes - such as "The X-Files", "Smallville", "The 4400", "Medium", "Heroes", "Lost", and "The Dead Zone" - organized according to the desires to which these works commonly respond.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780313357749 20160528
Green Library


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