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Author Aden, Roger C., 1962-

Title Popular stories and promised lands : fan cultures and symbolic pilgrimages / Roger C. Aden
Published Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, [1999]
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 290 pages)
Series Studies in rhetoric and communication
Studies in rhetoric and communication.
Contents Introduction: I'm a Big Fan: Popular Stories, Habitus, and Places That Matter -- Theoretical Development -- The Search for Promised Lands: Dominant Visions of Sacred Places in U.S. Culture -- The Foundations of Symbolic Pilgrimage: Theoretical Conversations About Places That Matter -- Symbolic Pilgrimages: Experiencing Popular Stories as Purposeful, Imaginary-Yet-Real Journeys -- Exiled in Cubeville, Striving for Nerdvana: Dilbert as a Critique of Phony Meritocracy -- Transforming the Panopticon Into the Funhouse: Negotiating Disorientation in The X-Files -- Playing in a Perfect Place: Sports Illustrated and an American Elysian Field -- Integrating Self and Community as a Means of Finding Homes: The Shift from Consumerism to Altruistic Producerism in Field of Dreams -- Conclusion: The Return Home
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-283) and index
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Subject Escape (Psychology) -- United States.
Fans (Persons) -- United States -- Psychology.
Imaginary places in mass media.
Mass media -- Social aspects -- United States.
Narration (Rhetoric) -- Psychological aspects.
Narration (Rhetoric) -- Social aspects -- United States.
Popular culture -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 058509702X (electronic bk.)
9780585097022 (electronic bk.)