Popular Stories and Promised Lands : Fan Cultures and Symbolic Pilgrimages, by Aden, Roger C.
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- ISBN: 9780817354725 | 0817354727
- Cover: Paperback
- Copyright: 12/31/2007
"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 ls"normative narrativers" or ls"grand narrativers" that constitutes the ls"American dream,rs" Aden holds that stories can be used to extract the ls"rulesrs" of a narrative, determine the direction, and identify conceptions of the ls"promised landsrs" for a culture." -Critical Studies in Mass Communication