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Chick Flicks
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 272

Chick Flicks

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2008-03-03
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  • Publisher: Routledge

From An Affair to Remember to Legally Blonde, "chick flicks" have long been both championed and vilified by women and men, scholars and popular audiences. Like other forms of "chick culture," which the editors define as a group of mostly American and British popular culture media forms focused primarily on twenty- to thirtysomething, middle-class—and frequently college-educated—women, chick flicks have been accused of reinscribing traditional attitudes and reactionary roles for women. On the other hand, they have been embraced as pleasurable and potentially liberating entertainments, assisting women in negotiating the challenges of contemporary life. A companion to the successful antholo...

Chick Lit
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 288

Chick Lit

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2013-03-07
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  • Publisher: Routledge

From the bestselling Bridget Jones's Diary that started the trend to the television sensation Sex and the City that captured it on screen, "chick lit" has become a major pop culture phenomenon. Banking on female audiences' identification with single, urban characters who struggle with the same life challenges, publishers have earned millions and even created separate imprints dedicated to the genre. Not surprisingly, some highbrow critics have dismissed chick lit as trashy fiction, but fans have argued that it is as empowering as it is entertaining. This is the first volume of its kind to examine the chick lit phenomenon from a variety of angles, accounting for both its popularity and the in...

The Cinema of Sofia Coppola
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 304

The Cinema of Sofia Coppola

The Cinema of Sofia Coppola provides the first comprehensive analysis of Coppola's oeuvre that situates her work broadly in relation to contemporary artistic, social and cultural currents. Suzanne Ferriss considers the central role of fashion - in its various manifestations - to Coppola's films, exploring fashion's primacy in every cinematic dimension: in film narrative; production, costume and sound design; cinematography; marketing, distribution and auteur branding. She also explores the theme of celebrity, including Coppola's own director-star persona, and argues that Coppola's auteur status rests on an original and distinct visual style, derived from the filmmaker's complex engagement wi...

Jane Austen and Co.
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 283

Jane Austen and Co.

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2012-02-01
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  • Publisher: SUNY Press

Examines recent Austen remakes as well as other “post-heritage” films and television shows to show how the past is reshaped for a contemporary market.

Culture and Power
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 295

Culture and Power

Questions of identity and identification are among the most important evolving concerns of contemporary cultural studies. Through processes of personal identification with discursively constructed subject positions, identities emerge across a wide range of cultural practices in the course of social interactions involving the use of language and other semiotic systems manifested in cultural artefacts of various kinds. The present collection includes a selection of papers on the topic of identity and identification in cultural studies today. Incorporating theoretical contributions and practical case studies, this monograph adds to contemporary debates on identity-forging practices from various...

An Alternative History of Bicycles and Motorcycles
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 200

An Alternative History of Bicycles and Motorcycles

This book offers an account of two-wheeled vehicle development that challenges the common evolutionary model of development from the bicycle to the motorcycle. It examines the bicycle and motorcycle as material objects and focuses on the complex socio-political and economic convergences that produced the materials, which in turn shaped the vehicles’ appearance, function, and adoption by riders.

A Handbook of Literary Feminisms
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 292

A Handbook of Literary Feminisms

The second section provides an explanation and analysis of trends in feminist criticism and theory, focusing on how feminist approaches to women's texts have incorporated theoretical investigations of sexuality, subjectivity, and ideology.".

Footnotes
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 350

Footnotes

Scholars of literature and culture from the US and Britain investigate why western culture has acquired a fascination with footwear. They explore the representation of shoes in popular entertainment, advertising, fashion, museums, and scholarly accounts. Annotation copyrighted by Book News Inc., Portland, OR

On Fashion
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 317

On Fashion

Until recently, fashion was considered the "F-word" in intellectual circles, dismissed as unworthy of serious attention. Yet no area of life, no individual moment, stands outside fashion's discourses. Intuitively, we all know that clothing is a language, incessantly communicating messages about its wearer. But who speaks this language, to whom is it addressed, what does it mean, and how are its meanings established and transformed? On Fashion explores the ways our material, political, psychological, sexual, even intellectual lives are woven into fashion's fabric. This stimulating collection of essays explores fashion's symbolic and figurative functions in photography, cinema, and video; in c...

Motorcycle
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 242

Motorcycle

Easy Rider. Motocross Grand Prix. James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause. The motorcycle is a global icon of untamed freedom, symbolizing a daring and reckless lifestyle of adventure. Yet there are few books that chronicle how and when this legendary vehicle roared down the open road. Motorcycle explores the roots of the rebel’s ultimate ride. After early incarnations as a nineteenth-century steam-powered bicycle and multi-wheeled vehicles, the modern motorcycle came into its own as a cheap, mobile military asset during World War I. From there, it rapidly spread through modern culture as a symbol of rebellion and subversive power, and Motorcycle tracks the symbolic role that the bike has play...