Consuming Utopia

Consuming Utopia builds on critical insights into consumption and utopianism developed in two previous books by the author to elaborate what it means to read utopian fiction (including dystopian and anti-utopian) from the critical ...

Consuming Utopia

Consuming Utopia builds on critical insights into consumption and utopianism developed in two previous books by the author to elaborate what it means to read utopian fiction (including dystopian and anti-utopian) from the critical perspective of cultural studies. With a critical focus on social practices of reading rather than on the text itself, John Storey advances a timely and relevant contribution to existing debates on utopian fiction, offering new insights into how we might understand the politics of utopian fiction. Finding readership and readers indispensable to the act of producing politics beyond the text, Storey argues that if utopian fiction has a ‘politics’, it is determined by those who, in actuality, pick up books and act on what they read, rather than readers proposed by textuality. By engaging with seminal concepts in cultural studies, this book shows how reading utopian fiction works to make the meaning of such texts material and social, and therefore available for politics. An essential addition to the literature on utopian fiction, this book will be of great interest to scholars and students in the areas of cultural studies, literary studies, comparative literature, cultural politics, utopian studies, and political theory.

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Consuming Utopia
Language: en
Pages: 130
Authors: John Storey
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-09-16 - Publisher: Routledge

Consuming Utopia builds on critical insights into consumption and utopianism developed in two previous books by the author to elaborate what it means to read utopian fiction (including dystopian and anti-utopian) from the critical perspective of cultural studies. With a critical focus on social practices of reading rather than on
Consuming Modernity
Language: en
Pages: 261
Authors: Carol Appadurai Breckenridge
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 1995 - Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

The book aims to illustrate that what is distinctive about any particular society is not the fact of its modernity, but rather its own unique debates about modernity. Behind the embattled arena of culture in India, for example, lie particular social and political interests such as the growing middle class,
Consuming the Romantic Utopia
Language: en
Pages: 371
Authors: Eva Illouz
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 1997-05-29 - Publisher: Univ of California Press

The study begins with readings of ads, songs, films and other public representations of romance and concludes with individual interviews in order to analyze the ways in which mass messages are internalized.
Consuming the Romantic Utopia
Language: en
Pages: 332
Authors: Eva Illouz
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 1997-05-29 - Publisher: Univ of California Press

To what extent are our most romantic moments determined by the portrayal of love in film and on TV? Is a walk on a moonlit beach a moment of perfect romance or simply a simulation of the familiar ideal seen again and again on billboards and movie screens? In her
Hindi Film Songs and the Cinema
Language: en
Pages: 306
Authors: Anna Morcom
Categories: Music
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-07-05 - Publisher: Routledge

Since their beginnings in the 1930s, Hindi films and film songs have dominated Indian public culture in India, and have also made their presence felt strongly in many global contexts. Hindi film songs have been described on the one hand as highly standardized and on the other as highly eclectic.