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  1. Our wills and fates : the politics of identity in contemporary American fiction and film

    QuellenartElektronische Volltexte & Multimedia>>Hochschulschriften>>
    UrheberLoren, Scott
    Verleger Universität <Zürich>
    Umfang 256 S.
    Schlagworte FWFilmanalyse; American dream; Kulturelle Identität; Nation
    Freie Schlagworte FW Kollektive Identität
    Beschreibung "This study analyzes contemporary North American fiction and film in an effort to
    determine that the legacy of the American Dream has manifest itself in an injunction
    to adhere to a socially splintered sense of identity. It considers the condition of how, in
    'postmodern' society, we are increasingly confronted with narratives depicting crises in
    subjectivity as they are determined within symbolic space. Drawing on Althusser, the
    introductory section on cyborgs addresses questions of identity production,
    establishing a fallacy of authenticity as one potential impetus for a characteristic panic
    related to identity. Moving on to conspiracy narratives, I address the significance of
    agency in relation to subjectivity, and utilize the concept of conspiracy as a framework
    to talk about the Lacanian orders of the symbolic and the imaginary as they are
    applicable to subjectivity. A section on aliens outlines reworkings of traditional western
    religious narratives in contemporary fiction. The notion of reinvention implicit here acts
    as a bridge to a discussion of the American Dream, arguing that its injunction to
    reinvent the self takes shape in adherence to imaginary phantasmatic space. I employ
    the notion of California as 'dream factory' and quintessential location of the Dream,
    giving a reading of David Lynch's Mulholland Drive. Conclusively, I develop a theory of
    the shifting desire of the big Other and the essential function of a full traversal of
    phantasmatic space in defining narratives. Reading Mel Gibson's The Passion of the
    Christ against Niki Caro's Whale Rider we are confronted with what a move toward
    subjectivity entails within our culturally defining narratives." (Information des Anbieters)
    Inhaltsverzeichnis/StrukturIntroduction; Part I: Cyborgia; Part II: Conspiracy, an Introduction; Part III: Meaning in Conspiracy: Grand Theory; Part IV: The Wall of Language; Part V: AlienNation; Part VI: The American Dream; Conclusions; Bibliography
    Themen FWFilm>>Beziehungen, Ausstrahlungen, Einwirkungen; Film>>Film in einzelnen Ländern
    RVK FWAP 46700; AP 47400; AP 59783
    DDC FWHistorische, geografische, personenbezogene Behandlung
    geographischer BezugNordamerika>>USA (Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika)>>
    zeitlicher Bezug20. Jahrhundert, 1900 – 1999>>; 21. Jahrhundert, 2000 – 2099>>