The Year's Work in Lebowski Studies

The Year's Work in Lebowski Studies

by Edward P. Comentale
     
 

ISBN-10: 0253353807

ISBN-13: 9780253353801

Pub. Date: 12/02/2009

Publisher: Indiana University Press

A massive underground sensation, The Big Lebowski has been hailed as the first cult film of the internet age. In this book, 21 fans and scholars address the film's influences - westerns, noir, grail legends, the 1960s, and Fluxus - and its historical connections to the first Iraq war, boomers, slackerdom, surrealism, college culture, and of course bowling. The Year

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A massive underground sensation, The Big Lebowski has been hailed as the first cult film of the internet age. In this book, 21 fans and scholars address the film's influences - westerns, noir, grail legends, the 1960s, and Fluxus - and its historical connections to the first Iraq war, boomers, slackerdom, surrealism, college culture, and of course bowling. The Year's Work in Lebowski Studies contains neither arid analyses nor lectures for the late-night crowd, but new ways of thinking and writing about film culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253353801
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
12/02/2009
Series:
Year's Work: Studies in Fan Culture and Cultural Theory Series
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

* Acknowledgments, xi,
* Introduction EDWARD P. COMENTALE & AARQN JAFFE, i,
* PART ONE: INS (INTRINSIC MODELS AND INFLUENCES), 39,
1 The Really Big Sleep: Jeffrey Lebowski as the Second Coming of Rip Van Winkle FRED ASHE, 41,
2 A Once and Future Dude: The Big Lebowski as Medieval Grail-Quest ANDREW RABIN, 58,
3 Dudespeak: Or, How to Bowl like a Pornstar JUSTUS NIELAND, 74,
4 Metonymic Hats and Metaphoric Tumbleweeds: Noir Literary Aesthetics in Miller's Crossing and The Big Lebowski CHRISTOPHER RACZKOWSKI, 98,
5 The Dude and the New Left STACY THOMPSON, 124,
6 The Big Lebowski and Paul de Man: Historicizing Irony and Ironizing Historicism JOSHUA KATES, 149,
7 Lebowski and the Ends of Postmodern American Comedy MATTHEW BIBERMAN, 173,
8 Found Document: The Stranger's Commentary and a Note on His Method THOMAS B. BYERS, 189,
9 No Literal Connection: Mass Commodification, U.S. Militarism, and the Oil Industry in The Big Lebowski DAVID MARTIN-JONES, 203,
10 "I'll Keep Rolling Along": Some Notes on Singing Cowboys and Bowling Alleys in The Big Lebowski EDWARD P. COMENTALE, 228,
* PART TWO: OUTS (ECCENTRIC ACTIVITIES AND BEHAVIORS), 253,
11 What Condition the Postmodern Condition Is In: Collecting Culture in The BigLebowski ALLAN SMITHEE, 255,
12 Holding Out Hope for the Creedence: Music and the Search for the Real Thing in The Big Lebowski DIANE PECKNOLD, 276,
13 "Fuck It, Let's Go Bowling": The Cultural Connotations of Bowling in The Big Lebowski BRADLEY D. CLISSOLD, 295,
14 LebowskIcons: The Rug, The Iron Lung, The Tiki Bar, and Busby Berkeley DENNIS HALL & SUSAN GROVE HALL, 321,
15 On the White Russian CRAIG N. OWENS, 341,
16 Professor Dude: An Inquiry into the Appeal of His Dudeness for Contemporary College Students RICHARD GAUGHRAN, 353,
17 Abiding (as) Animal: Marmot, Pomeranian, Whale, Dude DAVID PAGANO, 365,
18 Logjammin' and Gutterballs: Masculinities in The Big Lebowski DENNIS ALLEN, 386,
19 Size Matters JUDITH ROOF, 410,
20 Brunswick = Fluxus AARON JAFFE, 427,
21 Enduring and Abiding JONATHAN ELMER, 445,
* Endnote: The Goofy and the Profound: A Non-Academic's Perspective on the Lebowski Achievement WILLIAM PRESTON ROBERTSON, 456,
* Works Cited, 465,
* List of Contributors, 483,
* Index, 487,

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