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  • University of Toronto Press  (8)
  • 1
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    2019
    ISBN: 9781442689985 
    Contributer: Potter, Tiffany
    Title: Women, Popular Culture, and the Eighteenth Century
    Publisher(s): University of Toronto Press
    Year of publication: 2019
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9781442689985
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: In contemporary pop culture, the pursuits regarded as the most frivolous are typically understood to be more feminine in nature than masculine. This collection illustrates how ideas of the popular and the feminine were assumed to be equally naturally intertwined in the eighteenth century, and the ways in which that association facilitates the ongoing trivialization of both.Top scholars in eighteenth-century studies examine the significance of the parallel devaluations of women's culture and popular culture by looking at theatres and actresses; novels, magazines, and cookbooks; and populist politics, dress, and portraiture. They also assess how eighteenth-century women have been re-imagined in contemporary historical fiction, films, and television, from the works of award-winner Beryl Bainbridge to Darcymania and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. By reconsidering the cultural and social practices of eighteenth-century women, this fascinating volume reclaims the ostensibly trivial as a substantive cultural contribution
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  • 2
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    2019
    ISBN: 9781442602786 
    Person(s): Anger, Dorothy
    Title: Other Worlds
    Subtitle: Society Seen Through Soap Opera
    Publisher(s): University of Toronto Press
    Year of publication: 2019
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9781442602786
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: When American nation-wide network radio was still in its infancy, new programs such as Ma Perkins began to feature ongoing story lines in fifteen minute episodes focusing on home life and romance. Procter & Gamble and other soap companies were the most common sponsors, and soon the genre of soap opera had been christened. In this entertaining but probing inquiry into the nature, history, and significance of the soaps, anthropologist Dorothy Anger shows how they reflect and shape the ethos of particular nations. Anger's primary focus is on the similarities and contrasts between American soaps and British serials such as Coronation Street and EastEnders-soaps that look more like ordinary life than do their American couterparts, and that feature story-lines based on surviving on what you can earn rather than striving for more. Anger looks at the industry as well as the televised product and examines the social effects as well as the inherent characteristics of soaps-with particular emphasis placed on the ways in which their implicit messages reflect and reinforce the ethos of the society in which they are made. She examines how the soaps themselves are shaped in turn by the cultures and the place from which they come. Though far from uncritical of the genre, Anger herself loves the soaps. She recognizes how soap operas provide a "continuing renewal of the familiar." Through interviews with and observations of soap fans she shows that the sharing of information and opinion after the program is over is as important to the viewers as actually following the stories. Informed by recent work in anthropology and cultural theory, Other Worlds will easily be accessible to a general as well as an academic audience
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  • 3
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    2016
    ISBN: 9781442672727 
    Person(s): Gunster, Shane
    Title: Capitalizing on Culture
    Subtitle: Critical Theory for Cultural Studies
    Publisher(s): University of Toronto Press
    Year of publication: 2016
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9781442672727
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: Building on the work of Theodor Adorno and Walter Benjamin, Capitalizing on Culture presents an innovative, accessible, and timely exploration of critical theory in a cultural landscape dominated by capital. Despite the increasing prevalence of commodification as a dominant factor in the production, promotion, and consumption of most forms of mass culture, many in the cultural studies field have failed to engage systematically either with culture as commodity or with critical theory. Shane Gunster corrects that oversight, providing attentive readings of Adorno and Benjamin's work in order to generate a complex, non-reductive theory of human experience that attends to the opportunities and dangers arising from the confluence of culture and economics.Gunster juxtaposes Benjamin's thoughts on memory, experience, and capitalism with Adorno's critique of mass culture and modern aesthetics to illuminate the key position that the commodity form plays in each thinker's work and to invigorate the dialectical complexity their writings acquire when considered together. This blending of perspectives is subsequently used to ground a theoretical interrogation of the comparative failure of cultural studies to engage substantively with the effect of commodification upon cultural practices. As a result, Capitalizing on Culture offers a fresh examination of critical theory that will be valuable to scholars studying the intersection of culture and capitalism
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  • 4
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    2016
    ISBN: 9781442675001 
    Person(s): Danesi, Marcel
    Title: Forever Young
    Subtitle: The 'Teen-Aging' of Modern Culture
    Publisher(s): University of Toronto Press
    Year of publication: 2016
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9781442675001
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: The excessive worship of adolescence and its social empowerment by adult institutions is the deeply rooted cause of a serious cultural malaise. So argues semiotician Marcel Danesi in Forever Young, an unforgiving and controversial look at modern culture's incessant drive to create a 'teen-aging' of adult life.Written for the general reader and based on five year's worth of interviews with over 200 adolescents and their parents, Danesi begins by asserting that one of the early causes of this crystallization of adolescence as an age category can be traced back to theories of psychology at the turn of the twentieth century. Since then, the psychological view of adolescence as a stressful period of adjustment has become a self-fulfilling prophecy. This, in tandem with the devaluation of the family by the media and society at large, has led to a maturity gap - a fissure in family dynamics that is eagerly and ably exploited by the mass media.Unlike many academic digressions into the malaise of modern culture, Forever Young provides concrete answers on how the 'forever young syndrome' can be addressed. One solution is to dispel the myth that experts and professionals are the people best equipped to give advice on raising children. The second is to recognize the value of family, in all its different combinations, as the primary institution of child-rearing. The third is to challenge the pervasive notion that teen culture is a sophisticated endeavour - that, for example, pop music can claim to have produced some of the best musical art in the world, surpassing Mozart or Bach.By laying bare the misguided tenets that have brought about, and continue to promote, a 'forever young' mentality, Marcel Danesi demonstrates that the 'teen-aging' of culture has come about because it is, simply put, good for business. Teen tastes have achieved cultural supremacy because the western economic system requires a conformist and easily manipulated market, and has thus joined forces with the media-entertainment oligarchy to promote a deterministic 'forever young' market
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  • 5
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    2016
    ISBN: 9781442684904 
    Person(s): Muri, Allison
    Title: The Enlightenment Cyborg
    Subtitle: A History of Communications and Control in the Human Machine, 1660-1830
    Publisher(s): University of Toronto Press
    Year of publication: 2016
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9781442684904
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: For many cultural theorists, the concept of the cyborg - an organism controlled by mechanic processes - is firmly rooted in the post-modern, post-industrial, post-Enlightenment, post-nature, post-gender, or post-human culture of the late twentieth century. Allison Muri argues, however, that there is a long and rich tradition of art and philosophy that explores the equivalence of human and machine, and that the cybernetic organism as both a literary figure and an anatomical model has, in fact, existed since the Enlightenment.In The Enlightenment Cyborg, Muri presents cultural evidence - in literary, philosophical, scientific, and medical texts - for the existence of mechanically steered, or 'cyber' humans in the works seventeenth- and eighteenth-century thinkers. Muri illustrates how Enlightenment exploration of the notion of the 'man-machine' was inextricably tied to ideas of reproduction, government, individual autonomy, and the soul, demonstrating an early connection between scientific theory and social and political thought. She argues that late twentieth-century social and political movements, such as socialism, feminism, and even conservatism, are thus not unique in their use of the cyborg as a politicized trope.The Enlightenment Cyborg establishes a dialogue between eighteenth-century studies and cyborg art and theory, and makes a significant and original contribution to both of these fields of inquiry
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  • 6
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    Online Resource
    2016
    ISBN: 9781442684072 
    Person(s): Vint, Sherryl
    Title: Bodies of Tomorrow
    Subtitle: Technology, Subjectivity, Science Fiction
    Publisher(s): University of Toronto Press
    Year of publication: 2016
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9781442684072
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: Anxieties about embodiment and posthumanism have always found an outlet in the science fiction of the day. In Bodies of Tomorrow, Sherryl Vint argues for a new model of an ethical and embodied posthuman subject through close readings of the works of Gwyneth Jones, Octavia Butler, Iain M. Banks, William Gibson, and other science fiction authors. Vint?s discussion is firmly contextualized by discussions of contemporary technoscience, specifically genetics and information technology, and the implications of this technology for the way we consider human subjectivity. Engaging with theorists such as Michel Foucault, Judith Butler, Anne Balsamo, N. Katherine Hayles, and Douglas Kellner,Bodies of Tomorrow argues for the importance of challenging visions of humanity in the future that overlook our responsibility as embodied beings connected to a material world. If we are to understand the post-human subject, then we must acknowledge our embodied connection to the world around us and the value of our multiple subjective responses to it. Vint?s study thus encourages a move from the common liberal humanist approach to posthuman theory toward what she calls ?embodied posthumanism.? This timely work of science fiction criticism will prove fascinating to cultural theorists, philosophers, and literary scholars alike, as well as anyone concerned with the ethics of posthumanism
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  • 7
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    2016
    ISBN: 9781442669499 
    Title: Dictionary of Cape Breton English
    Publisher(s): University of Toronto Press
    Year of publication: 2016
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9781442669499
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: Biff and whiff, baker's fog and lu'sknikn, pie social and milling frolic - these are just a few examples of the distinctive language of Cape Breton Island, where a puck is a forceful blow and a Cape Breton pork pie is filled with dates, not pork.The first regional dictionary devoted to the island's linguistic and cultural history, the Dictionary of Cape Breton English is a fascinating record of the island's rich vocabulary. Dictionary entries include supporting "ations culled from the editors' extensive interviews with Cape Bretoners and considerable study of regional variation, as well as definitions, selected pronunciations, parts of speech, variant forms, related words, sources, and notes, giving the reader in-depth information on every aspect of Cape Breton culture.A substantial and long-awaited work of linguistic research that captures Cape Breton's social, economic, and cultural life through the island's language, the Dictionary of Cape Breton English can be read with interest by Backlanders, Bay byes, and those from away alike
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  • 8
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    2016
    ISBN: 9781442675995 
    Title: Images at War
    Subtitle: Illustrated Periodicals and Constructed Nations
    Publisher(s): University of Toronto Press
    Year of publication: 2016
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9781442675995
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: Using the press coverage of the Franco-Prussian war as a starting point, Michèle Martin?s Images at War examines nineteenth-century illustrated periodicals published in France, Germany, England, and Canada (with references also to Italy and the United States), and argues that periodicals during this period worked to reinforce particular national identities.Images in periodicals played an essential role in how the concept of nationalism was expressed and reproduced, usually by pitting cultures and countries against one another. These illustrated periodicals helped to shape nations where nations had not previously existed ? such as with Germany, Italy, and Canada, which were only just coming into their own as states. In war, Martin observes, these documents also represented a non-verbal method of communicating emotionally trying, politically challenging, and oftentimes contradictory information to the public, literate and non-literate alike.The history of nineteenth-century illustrated papers underscores their legitimacy as a form of journalism. They were more than a commodity produced for profit; they offered serious reflection and commentary on the times designed by editors to have specific effects on the readers. Images at War is a much-needed study of this early news medium and its part in the construction of nationalism in the midst of war
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