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Leopards in the Temple: Studies in American Popular Culture
     

Leopards in the Temple: Studies in American Popular Culture

by Steven Carter
 
Leopards in the Temple explores the ways in which exposure to electronic environments influences cultural interpretations of self and otherness in contemporary American life. Philosophers of technology such as Jacques Ellul, Martin Heidegger, Herbert Marcuse, Hans Jonas, and Hubert Dreyfus have taken various approaches to interpreting the consequences of

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Leopards in the Temple explores the ways in which exposure to electronic environments influences cultural interpretations of self and otherness in contemporary American life. Philosophers of technology such as Jacques Ellul, Martin Heidegger, Herbert Marcuse, Hans Jonas, and Hubert Dreyfus have taken various approaches to interpreting the consequences of technological revolutions. With the exception of Jonas and Heidegger, critiques of technology's influence at the ontological level are relatively rare. Addressing this issue, Steven Carter investigates the ways in which technology, media entertainment, and advertising are in the process of recycling metaphysical values in postmodern society. In this revised edition, he focuses specifically on marginality as a world wide literary phenomenon. Thought provoking and original, "Leopards in the Temple" represents a timely contribution to the study of technology, popular culture, and postmodern studies.

Author Biography: Steven Carter is Professor of English at California State University, Bakersfield.

Editorial Reviews

Dorota Janowska
Fiction prevails over reality, image over object, machine over man. The identity of the "post-nuclear man" is created by the TV programs he chooses to watch and the brand of the washing powder he chooses to buy. Such is the process of internalizing the Other that Carter presents in his most disquieting, but nevertheless entertaining book.
Arthur J. Spring
...a remarkable essay...on the study of popular culture...Carter goes beyond John Storey's taxonomy.
Arthur J. Spring PhD
...a remarkable essay...on the study of popular culture...Carter goes beyond John Storey's taxonomy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573093255
Publisher:
International Scholars Publications
Publication date:
12/30/2001
Edition description:
2nd Edition
Pages:
172
Product dimensions:
5.42(w) x 8.36(h) x 0.56(d)

Meet the Author

Steven Carter is the author of five books of literary and cultural criticism, including Bearing Across: Studies in Literature and Science (University Press of America, 2002). In 1989 he was awarded the Schachterle Prize by the National Society for Literature and Science. In 2001 he became the only two-time winner of Italy's coveted Nuove Lettere International Poetry and Literature Prize. A former Senior Fulbright Fellow at two Polish universities, Professor Carter teaches at California State University, Bakersfield.

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