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Overview

Moves from Beethoven to Buffy to examine the blurred nexus of elite and popular culture in the twenty-first century.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791467343
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2006
  • Series: SUNY Series in Postmodern Culture
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Miklitsch is Associate Professor of Critical Theory at Ohio University. He is the author of From Hegel to Madonna: Towards a General Economy of “Commodity Fetishism,” also published by SUNY Press.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Script

INTRODUCTION: CRITICAL THEORY, POPULAR CULTURE, AUDIOVISUAL MEDIA

Popular Music
Sound Film
Television

Part 1. Popular Music: Hi-Lo Fidelity

1. ROCK ‘N’ THEORY: CULTURAL STUDIES, AUTOBIOGRAPHY, AND THE DEATH OF ROCK

A Side: The Birth of Rock, or Memory Train
B Side: Rock in Theory

The Culture of Rock
Rock, Rap, and Riot Grrrls
World Musics: After Rock Imperialism
Production of Culture
Forced Choice: Britney or Avril?

My Generation

2. ROLL OVER ADORNO: BEETHOVEN, CHUCK BERRY, AND POPULAR MUSIC IN THE AGE OF MP3

Mass Culture, Ersatz Kantianism
From Beethoven to Fascism
Amerika: Beethoven or Bikinis
Radio Days
“Roll Over Beethoven”
Magic Spell and the Two Spheres of Music
MP3
Fantasia

REPRISE: BEETHOVEN’S HAIR

Part 2. Sound Film: Screen Theory and Audiovisuality

3. THE SUTURE SCENARIO: AUDIOVISUALITY AND POST-SCREEN THEORY

Theory: The Suture Scenario
Post-Screen Theory: Suture-as-Desuturing
Audiovisuality in Tongues Untied and Set It Off

Illustration A: Tongues Untied

“Lover Man”: Lady Day/Blue Boy
En Vogue

Illustration B: Set It Off

Cleopatra Jones Redux: Queen Latifah as Gangsta Butch Diva
G-Funk: Girlz N the Hood
Crossroads

4. AUDIOPHILIA: AUDIOVISUAL PLEASURE AND NARRATIVE CINEMA IN JACKIE BROWN

Cinephilia
Scopophilia
From Scopophilia to Audiophilia: The Gaze qua Race
Audiophilia: Auditing Jackie Brown
“Across 110th Street”: Overture
“Street Life”: Jackie as Femme Noire
“Across 110th Street”: Dénouement
Audiophilia Reconsidered: “Asking for It”
Counterpoint: Post-Soul Music or Pre-Gangsta Rap?

REPRISE: ALEX’S “LOVELY LUDWIG VAN” AND MARTY MCFLY’S WHITE ROCK MINSTREL SHOW

Part 3. TV: Television, Telephilia, Televisuality

5. GEN-X TV: POLITICAL-LIBIDINAL STRUCTURES OF FEELING IN MELROSE PLACE

PREVIEW
After the Reagan Dynasty: “Help Me, Rhonda”
From Race to Sex-Gender: Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
The Romance of Capital: Fox, Female Address, and Postfeminism
Melrose Space: The Fashion Mode
Adcult: The Commercial Supertext
Review

6. SHOT/COUNTERSHOT: SEXUALITY, PSYCHOANALYSIS, AND POSTMODERN STYLE IN THE SOPRANOS

Shot: The Godfather
Citationality: The Gangster as Serio-Comic Hero

“I’m a Man”: Crossing Cultures

Psycho-Gangster TV: Seriality and Self-Reflexivity
A la Recherche du temps perdu
Primal Scene: Capicola as Proustian “Tea Cookie”

Countershot: Case Study

Black and Blue: Puzo’s Women
Repetition Compulsion: From The Godfather to The Sopranos
Beyond the University
Post-Mortem: Bad Love
D-I-S-R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Tele-Psychoanalytic Metatext
Après Coup: Analysis Interminable

Martini Shot: “Hall Hath No Fury”

REPRISE: TONY SOPRANO, MEET BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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