A Companion to Popular Culture by Gary Burns

By Gary Burns

A better half to pop culture is a landmark survey of up to date learn in pop culture reviews that gives a complete and interesting advent to the field.

  • Includes over dozen essays overlaying the spectrum of pop culture reviews from foodstuff to folklore and from television to technology
  • Features contributions from confirmed and up-and-coming students from a variety of disciplines
  • Offers a close historical past of the research of renowned culture
  • Balances new views at the politics of tradition with in-depth research of subject matters on the leading edge of pop culture studies

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In many ways, this approach springs directly from the hermeneutic tradition, as scholars who read scripture closely clearly seek to understand God’s intentions. Like medieval monks, the default approach to textual criticism seeks what the author wanted us to know. This approach is embedded so deeply that we often use it without being aware that we’re doing so. Consider how we discuss Shakespeare – perhaps the exemplary member of the literary canon today, but certainly an author of popular culture in his own time.

As proof, the e-mail offered quotes from a news interview with children who had read Harry Potter and begun worshiping the devil. The source of the news article was, alas, The Onion, a humor newspaper that had included the article to satirize the Evangelical dislike of the novels (Mikkelson and Mikkelson). In both of these cases, not to mention myriad text emoticons and e-mail miscues, the nuance of the writer’s argument gets lost in the chasm between intention and interpretation. And then there are symbolism, allegory, and all the other elements of figurative language that make literature such rich soil for analysis in the first place.

In many ways, this approach springs directly from the hermeneutic tradition, as scholars who read scripture closely clearly seek to understand God’s intentions. Like medieval monks, the default approach to textual criticism seeks what the author wanted us to know. This approach is embedded so deeply that we often use it without being aware that we’re doing so. Consider how we discuss Shakespeare – perhaps the exemplary member of the literary canon today, but certainly an author of popular culture in his own time.

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