The Great Recession in Fiction, Film, and Television

The Great Recession in Fiction, Film, and Television

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The Great Recession in Fiction, Film, and Television: Twenty-First-Century Bust Culture sheds light on how imaginary works of fiction, film, and television reflect, refract, and respond to the recessionary times specific to the twenty-first century, a sustained period of economic crisis that has earned the title the a€œGreat Recession.a€ This collection takes as its focus a€œBust Culture, a€ a concept that refers to post-crash popular culture, specifically the kind mass produced by multinational corporations in the age of media conglomeration, which is inflected by diminishment, influenced by scarcity, and infused with anxiety. The multidisciplinary contributors collected here examine mass culture not typically included in discussions of the financial meltdown, from disaster films to reality TV hoarders, the horror genre to reactionary representations of women, Christian right radio to Batman, television characters of color to graphic novels and literary fiction. The collected essays treat our busted culture as a seismograph that registers the traumas of collapse, and locate their pop artifacts along a spectrum of ideological fantasies, social erasures, and profound fears inspired by the Great Recession. What they discover from these unlikely indicators of the recession is a mix of regressive, progressive, and bemused texts in need of critical translation.Hence the question they use to start any deal places the emphasis squarely on the person as the foundation for a communal, relational value: a€œWhat would you want for something like this? ... Alongside other reality shows relying on the form of the auction to create dramaa€”from Pawn Stars to Storage Warsa€”American Pickers ... shots of handshakes, often punctuated and narrated by melodramatic voiceovers of Frank or Mike declaring how much they enjoyed meeting their latest seller.

Title:The Great Recession in Fiction, Film, and Television
Author:Kirk Boyle, Daniel Mrozowski
Publisher:Lexington Books - 2013-10-17


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