Popular Stories and Promised Lands: Fan Cultures and Symbolic Pilgrimages

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“Popular culture stories—found in comic strips, TV programs, magazines, and movies—gain their popularity by evoking our desires and anxieties. Aden offers a well-constructed argument that creating a sense of place (and with it a sense of personal identity and community) serves as an important enticement for many popular cultures works. . . . Aden handles contemporary theory deftly [and] does an excellent job ...
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Overview


“Popular culture stories—found in comic strips, TV programs, magazines, and movies—gain their popularity by evoking our desires and anxieties. Aden offers a well-constructed argument that creating a sense of place (and with it a sense of personal identity and community) serves as an important enticement for many popular cultures works. . . . Aden handles contemporary theory deftly [and] does an excellent job of identifying many of the tensions present in 20th-century America.”
—Quarterly Journal of Speech
 
 “Stories encountered at the movies, on television, and in popular magazines are treated as reflections of the popular culture. . . . Believing that the American experience has been guided by a ‘normative narrative’ or ‘grand narrative’ that constitutes the ‘American dream,’ Aden holds that stories can be used to extract the ‘rules’ of a narrative, determine the direction, and identify conceptions of the ‘promised lands’ for a culture.”  
—Critical Studies in Mass Communication
 
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817354725
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 7/25/2007
  • Series: Studies Rhetoric and Communicati Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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