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High Anxiety Catastrophe, Scandal, Age, and Comedy

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ISBN-10: 0253207355

ISBN-13: 9780253207357

Edition: 3rd 1992

Authors: Patricia Mellencamp

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ÒI find this to be an extraordinary and original piece of work. . . . Mellencamp moves through bodies of theory and bodies of texts in popular (and so-called high) culture demonstrating, in her readings, a common range of preoccupations. . . . [She] offers readings of the terrain of contemporary everyday culture (and, at times, the ÔothersÕ of everyday culture).Ó ÑMimi WhiteOperation Desert Storm, I Love Lucy, Anita Hill, Twin Peaks, Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, Murder, She Wrote, Oprah, Geraldo, and Phil: these and other subjects come together to form an ÒanxiousÓ mosaic in Patricia MellencampÕs High Anxiety.Framed by a critique of the temporality of U.S. television, High Anxiety is a…    
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Book details

Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 8/22/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

PATRICIA MELLENCAMP is Professor of Art History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is the author of Indiscretions: Avant-garde Film, Video, and Feminism and editor of Logics of Television and three American Film Institute monographs.

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
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