Media Spectacles

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Marjorie B. Garber, Jann Matlock, Rebecca L. Walkowitz, Rebecca Walkowitz
Psychology Press, 1993 - Art - 278 pages
With close attention to the nuances of language, tone, metaphor and figure, Media Spectacles brings together critics from general fields to examine a series of remarkable news and media spectacles. Sixteen contributors explore the languages of word and image that produce current events as spectacle, reading the world in which we live through the lens of interpretation. Included are such topics as the Gulf War, the AIDS epidemic and the crisis in health care, the Clarence Thomas hearings and the testimony of Anita Hill, Oliver Stone's JFK and the consequent call to open the files on the Kennedy assassination, President Bush's trade mission to Japan, the Mike Tyson and William Kennedy Smith rape trials, and Hurrican Bob and the end of the Cold War. Influenced by deconstruction, cultural materialism, philosophy, literature, ethnic studies and gay and lesbian theory, these scholars apply their interdisciplinary skills to the close reading of television, newspapers and magazines, feature films and documentaries and political issues and rhetoric.
 

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Contents

JFK
3
Reading Suia Passing Thema and Louise
9
Shakespeare Anita Hill and JFK
23
Murphy Brown and Illegitimate Politics
40
Watching and Authorizing the Gulf War
57
Blacks as the Ethical Principle in the Movies
77
The Traps of Translation from
91
The Soviet Coup and Hurricane Bob
117
and The Accused
160
Bushusuru or The Fall of the West
167
Jeffrey Dahmer and The Silence
181
Monstrosity AIDS Media
209
Kimberly Bergalis AIDS and the Plague Metaphor
232
Accommodating Magic
255
Index
267
Contributors
277

The Blue Blob Identity and Gender
137

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About the author (1993)

Marjorie Garber is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of English at Harvard University and Director of the Humanities Center in the Faculty of Arts and Science. She is the author of author of eight books and the editor of several collections of essays. Her most recent book is Quotation Marks(2002).