Youth Cultures: Texts, Images, and Identities

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By examining the cultural spaces occupied by youth—spaces represented in texts produced for youth, about youth, and in some cases by youth—contributors to this volume present challenging ways of applying critical ideas and theoretical frameworks to the crucial issues that surround youth and the cultures they inhabit as evidenced in their literature, magazines, computer games, films, television programs, popular music, and fashion. Many of the writers in this unique new collection write from provocative ...

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Overview

By examining the cultural spaces occupied by youth—spaces represented in texts produced for youth, about youth, and in some cases by youth—contributors to this volume present challenging ways of applying critical ideas and theoretical frameworks to the crucial issues that surround youth and the cultures they inhabit as evidenced in their literature, magazines, computer games, films, television programs, popular music, and fashion. Many of the writers in this unique new collection write from provocative standpoints drawing on film and feminist theory, psychoanalytic criticism, semiotics, and literary theory, providing useful ways of thinking about the issues, texts, and practices that circulate within youth cultures, indicating their underlying tensions and contradictions.

Providing a cross-cultural analysis of these texts, Youth Cultures provides scope for a wide readership open to unorthodox readings and bold interpretations. Many of the writers in this unique new collection write from provocative standpoints drawing on film and feminist theory, psychoanalytic criticism, semiotics, and literary theory, providing useful ways of thinking about the issues, texts, and practices that circulate within youth cultures, indicating their underlying tensions and contradictions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275974091
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/30/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

KERRY MALLAN is Senior Lecturer in the School of Cultural and Language Studies in Education at Queensland University of Technology in Australia.

SHARYN PEARCE is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Creative Industries at Queensland University of Technology in Australia. Her recent publications include Shameless Scribblers: Australian Women's Journalism 1890-1995, Strange Journeys: The Works of Gary Crew, and, as editor, Manning the Next Millennium.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Tales of Youth in Postmodern Culture
1 Nothing Sells like Teen Spirit: The Commodification of Youth Culture 1
2 Girls Make Movies 17
3 Stronger Than Yesterday? Romance and Antiromance in Popular Music 35
4 Working Girls or Drop-Dead Gorgeous? Young Girls in Fashion and News 47
5 "As Wholesome As ...": American Pie As a New Millennium Sex Manual 69
6 "The Seven Things All Men Love in Bed": Young Women's Magazines and the Governance of Femininity 81
7 Living in a Young Country? Youthful Creativity and Cultural Policy in the United Kingdom 93
8 The Unheimlich Maneuver: Uncanny Domesticity in the Urban Waif Tale 109
9 "I'll Never Be the Same After That Summer": From Abjection to Subjective Agency in Teen Films 123
10 Hitting Below the Belt: Action Femininity and Representations of Female Subjectivity 139
11 Game On: Adolescent Texts to Read and Play 155
12 The Orangutan in the Library: The Comfort of Strangeness in Terry Pratchett's Discworld Novels 169
13 Coprophilia for Kids: The Culture of Grossness 183
Index 197
About the Contributors 201
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