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Time Passages: Collective Memory and American Popular Culture

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"Time Passages is a far-reaching-and perhaps permanent-contribution to cultural studies." San Francisco Review of Books

"This high take on 'low' culture examines the complex web of popular narratives that arise from and create the American collective memory. Studying the period from the end of World War II to the present, Lipsitz . . . inventively explores the popular cano

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Paperback, 328 pages
Published September 27th 2001 by Univ Of Minnesota Press (first published November 1st 1989)
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Frank
Jul 19, 2008 Frank rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those interested in cultural history and resistance
Pop culture serves as a ground for hybrid cultural expression and historical intervention. It reflects the historical tensions, forces, and hegemonic tendencies of an era, but also allows for subversive readings and expressions. Race, class, and gender are all played with, hybridized, and rearticulated in direct tension with the times and forces that the films, TV shows, records, novels and cultural practices that Lipsitz interrogates are produced in and through. He insists primarily that we wou ...more
Malcolm
One of the taken-for-granteds of many strands of theorising of the condition of postmodernity is that we live in an era when history is increasingly unknown or irrelevant, and were the past is passed over in favour of a time of shallowness and the image from the surface. This is not the only version of theorising the present cultural condition; Jameson sees postmodernism as the cultural form of the logic of late capitalism, Habermas remains attached to the idea of modernity as an unfinished cult ...more
Ian
This book has a really fascinating view of the effects of television on the shaping of our society's ideas and actions. I highly recommend it.
Megan
Read the preface, the two chapters on film, and the closing chapter on America's disconnection from its urban past.
Ryan
Awesome for anyone who wants to study popular culture.
Crystal
Has held up well
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