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High Anxiety Catastrophe, Scandal, Age, and Comedy

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 narrative journey between FreudÕs texts on obsession and the cult of anxiety pervading contemporary culture. MellencampÕs adventure in cultural criticism is personal, impressionistic, mimicking TV Òflow,Ó and yet substantiates arguments with precision and flair.
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Book details

List price: $24.95
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.

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