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High Anxiety : Catastrophe, Scandal, Age, and Comedy - Patricia Mellencamp

High Anxiety

Catastrophe, Scandal, Age, and Comedy

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Published: 22nd August 1992
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..". acute look at the state of contemporary culture... A humorous... book, it yields rewarding advice for our perception of reality and fiction." -- Back Stage / Shoot

"Mellencamp's ease of movement between the conceptual and the commonplace is the great strength of this work.... High Anxiety is an invaluable contribution to the cultural studies debate... " -- Art + Text

Written with wit and flair, High Anxiety is a critique of the temporality of U.S. television, a narrative journey between Freud's texts on obsession and the cult of anxiety pervading contemporary culture. Operation Desert Storm, I Love Lucy, Anita Hill, Twin Peaks, and Oprah are a few of the subjects which form this "anxious" mosaic of popular culture.

" ... acute look at the state of contemporary culture ... A humorous ... book, it yields rewarding advice for our perception of reality and fiction." - Back Stage / Shoot "Mellencamp's ease of movement between the conceptual and the commonplace is the great strength of this work... High Anxiety is an invaluable contribution to the cultural studies debate ... " - Art + Text

Preface
Acknowledgments
Packaging the Difference: Franchise Culture-The Search For Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe+High AnxietyA Method to the Madness
DifferentiationPassionate Consumption-Betcha Can+t Eat Just One+Death and the Market
Obsession (Not Just a Perfume)-Rat Man+Money and Culture
DeregulationEconologic: -The Luster of Capital+TV and the FCCThe Global Village or the New World Information Order?
Representing Difference(s)-Egad, It+s Plaid+Not a Pretty PictureCritical DifferencesAnita Hill
Beyond the Pleasure Principle of Television: TV Time, History, and Catastrophe
Shocking Thoughts-Jump Behavior+: Rene Thom-From Libido to Anxiety+: Sigmund Freud
Disastrous EventsBefore the Fall, After the Fall: Baby Jessica and Black MondayDeath, Shock, Art: Kennedy, Walter Benjamin, and Eternal FrameSublime Visions: The Challenger ExplosionDiaster StudiesSeeing Is Believing: -The Great Quake+Aerial Views: Operation Desert StormThe Machine That Killed Bad PeopleNuclear DisavowalCatastrophists
Inquiring Minds Want to Know: Gossip and ScandalSecret PleasuresFace-ism: -Women through Time+Trival Pursuits: Harping at Harper+s
Gossip TheoryScholars, Tourist, EcouteursLosing It: Roseanne and OprahTaking Things Literately: Patricia SpacksA Cry in the Dark
Gossip Law
Gossip and the MarketWomen and the National EnquirerIdle Chatter: Syndication and Tabloid TalkLoose Talk: Oprah, Geraldo, and PhilAny Woman+s BluesShady Relatives: Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker
Theorizing AffectIt+s a sinA Sexual Detour to Twin PeaksFall from Grace and Narrative AbsolutionKeeping Secrets
Calculating Difference: The Body and AgeThe Cultured BodyThe LoverNot a Jealous BoneThe Disciplined Body
Obsessive Subjects: RenifleursWomen+s Bodies
Aging BodiesThe Young and the RestlessThe Life and Loves of a She-DevilMurder, She Wrote
Regime of Domiculture: Women and Situation Comedy
Gracie
Lucy
Jokes and Their Relation to TVRoseanneWho+s the Boss?Murphy Brown
Countercultures: Women+s Economies
Women+s Spaces/Women+s Work
Family TherapyRevising the Counterculture
The Seach for Signs of Intelligent Life
Epilogue: The Condensed Version
Notes
Index
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780253207357
ISBN-10: 0253207355
Series: Arts and Politics of the Everyday
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 22nd August 1992
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.04