American Dreamtime / Edition 1

American Dreamtime / Edition 1

by Lee Drummond
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822630478

ISBN-13: 9780822630470

Pub. Date: 03/26/1996

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc

Despite America's practical and technological aims, the money spent on film and sports events tends to convey an image of a whimsical nation. This work explores these conflicting images through an analysis of movies, revealing the ties that daily activity and thought have with a world of myth.  See more details below

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Despite America's practical and technological aims, the money spent on film and sports events tends to convey an image of a whimsical nation. This work explores these conflicting images through an analysis of movies, revealing the ties that daily activity and thought have with a world of myth.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822630470
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
Publication date:
03/26/1996
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1Introduction1
Beginning at the Beginning1
An Anthropologist Goes to the Movies2
Cultural Anthropology and the Movies6
Which Movies?11
An Anthropologist Goes to the Movies, Take 218
2The Primacy of Myth23
What Is Myth?23
The Nature of Myth27
The Foundations of a Cultural Analysis of Myth29
A Semiotic Approach to Modern Culture: Myth Today, Totemism Today36
Myth and Language44
3A Theory of Culture as Semiospace51
Before and Beyond Language: Cultural Anthropology, Quantum Mechanics, and Cosmology51
Metaphor, Quality Space, and Semiospace56
Dimensionality in Nature and Culture59
Processual Analysis and Cultural Dimensionality: Liminality, Social Drama, and Social Field72
Intersystem and Continuum76
Cultural Generativity88
The Semiotic Dimensions of Culture96
4The Story of Bond127
James Bond: An American Myth?127
How to Do - and Not to Do - Cultural Analysis: The Novel-Bond and the Movie-Bond130
Gadgets and Gladiators: The Master of Machines137
Low Brows and High Stakes: Bond Movies in a World of Consumer Capitalism148
Folklore Past: James Bond, Wild Bill Hickok, and John Henry153
Folklore Present: Secret Agents, Football Players, and Rock Stars160
The Story of America167
5Metaphors Be with You: A Cultural Analysis of Star Wars169
A Bookstore Browse169
Inside the Theatre: Semiosis in Star Wars172
Outside the Theatre: Luke Skywalker, James Bond, and Indiana Jones in the Temple of the Technological State185
Gone to Look for (Post-Literate) America196
6It and Other Beasts: Jaws and the New Totemism199
The Fish: An Anthropologist Goes to the Movie Studio199
Totemic Animals in a Technological Age202
The Fish Takes a Bite: The Myth of Ecology and the Ecology of Myth206
The Middle-Aged Man and the Sea: The Story of Chief Brody, The Great White Shark...and Flipper218
The Collapse of a Dichotomy: Mechanistic Animals and Animalistic Machines in Jaws and Jurassic Park229
7Phone Home: E.T. as a Saga of the American Family241
From Creature Feature and Saucer Saga to E.T.241
What is E.T.?243
Machines at Home: The Suburban Family in a Technological State247
Monsters at Home: E.T. and Poltergeist253
Ambivalence at Home: The Myth of Family256
8Conclusions261
Understanding Our Movies and Ourselves: Cultural Analysis and Film Criticism261
The Logic of Things That Just Happen: The Sandpile and Cellular Automaton as Models of Cultural Process265
Something Else283
Notes291
References311
Index of Movies319
Index323
Note on the Author335

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