Phenomenological Approaches to Popular Culture

Phenomenological Approaches to Popular Culture

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Within popular culture studies, one finds discussions about quantitative sociology, Marxism, psychoanalysis, myth criticism, feminism, and semiotics, but hardly a word on the usefulness of phenomenology, the branch of philosophy concerned with human experience. In spite of this omission, there is a close relationship between the aims of phenomenology and the aims of popular culture studies, for both movements have attempted to redirect academic study toward everyday lived experience. The fifteen essays in this volume demonstrate the way in which phenomenological approaches can illuminate popular culture studies, and in so doing they take on the entire range of popular culture.We begin with an essay by Janice Radway first published in the Journal of Popular Culture in 1978. In this essay, Radway, who went on to become a leading figure in phenomenological approaches to popular literature, rejects the aquot; traditionalanbsp;...

Title:Phenomenological Approaches to Popular Culture
Author:Michael Thomas Carroll
Publisher:Popular Press - 2000-01


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