By Peter Brooker
A word list of Cultural Theory offers the reader with lucid and updated assistance throughout the shiny and altering debates in cultural experiences and similar disciplines. This re-creation has been up-to-date all through and comprises entries on vital new phrases from Convergence and Cosmopolitanism, via Ecology and lifestyle to Thirdspace and Translation.
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Individual tales function within a linked system of myths to ratify the traditions and so confirm the IDENTITY of the tribal COMMUNITY. This model was employed in Film Studies in the 1970s especially in the analysis of POPULAR GENRES such as the western and gangster film, which were seen similarly to encode both general and specific cultural oppositions between good and evil, the East and West, the system of the law and natural justice - in the narrative settings, character types and ICONOGRAPHY of individual films.
The canon (much like the looser notion of 'tradition') has therefore depended on a CONSTELLATION of aesthetic, moral, class-based and gendered values, and has been deployed in the promotion of an idea of culture, or sometimes to bolster an ethnic or national IDENTITY. It is only possible to maintain, or to CRITIQUE, this IDEOLOGY though the institutions that make its operation possible: publishing, the press, media and, principally, education. A study of the canon along these lines, says Guillory, will not dispense with the notion or its works, but provide a historicized understanding of canonized texts, the regulative constraints under which they are judged and our own positions as self-aware participants in this cultural process.
An important example is the chronotope characterizing the earlier writings of Rabelais, otherwise a key example in Bakhtin's theory of CARNIVAL. Here Bakhtin identifies a collectively experienced chronotope that had its source in the 'collective historical life' (1981: 208) shaped in its sense of time and place by a life of labour on the land. Subsequent chronotopes have been less collectively based. In addition, Bakhtin identifies sub-categories - one such is the life of the rogue, the clown and the fool in the early novel, who exist in 'their own special little world, their own chronotope' (1981: 159).
A Glossary of Cultural Theory by Peter Brooker