Technology, Ideology, Production, Reading
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First published in 1990, Popular Fiction looks at popular fiction in its literary, filmic, and televisual forms. They range across the main genres of popular fiction: science fiction, soap opera, detective fiction, the spy-thriller, the western, film noir, and comedy. Grouped into sections, the essays explore major themes in the study of popular fiction: the functioning of popular fiction within technologies of cultural regulation, the relations between popular fiction and nationalism; the connections between popular fictions and relations of power and knowledge; and the social and ideological factors moulding both the production and reading of popular fictions. Designed especially as a student text, this book will be invaluable to students of English and literary studies, media studies, film and TV studies, communication studies, and cultural studies.
Table of Contents
New Preface Series editors’ preface Preface Acknowledgements 1. The technology and the society Raymond Williams 2. On screen, in frame: film and ideology Stephen Heath 3. Broadcast TV as cultural form John Ellis 4. ‘While Millicent bucked and writhed…’ Stephen Heath 5. Apprehensions of time Benedict Anderson 6. The language of detection Dennis Porter 7. Scotland and cinema: the iniquity of the fathers Colin McArthur 8. Representing the nation Graeme Turner 9. Afterthoughts on ‘Visual pleasure and narrative cinema’ inspired by Duel in the Sun Laura Mulvey 10. Women in film noir Janey Place 11. Sexual disguise and cinema Annette Kuhn 12. The search for tomorrow in today’s soap operas Tania Modleski 13. From the flaneur to the detective: interpreting the city of Poe Dana Brand 14. Clues Franco Moretti 15. Morelli, Freud and Sherlock Holmes: clues and scientific method Carlo Ginzberg 16. Deconstructing the text: Sherlock Holmes Catherine Belsey 17. Send-up: authorship and organization John Tulloch and Manuel Alvarado 18. The making of (the) MTM (show) Paul Kerr 19. Made in Ealing John Ellis 20. Out of what past? Notes on the B film noir Paul Kerr 21. The operational aesthetic Neil Harris 22. Peter Pan and the commercialization of the child Jacqueline Rose 23. Figures of Bond Tony Bennett and Janet Woollacott 24. Television and gender David Morley Bibliography Index