Getting a Life: The Social Worlds of Geek Culture [EPUB]
08 April 2018, 09:23
2018 | EPUB | 0.72MB
Comic book superheroes, fantasy kingdoms, and futuristic starships have become inescapable features of today’s pop-culture landscape, and the people we used to deride as “nerds” or “geeks” have ridden their popularity and visibility to mainstream recognition. It seems it’s finally hip to be square. Yet these conventionalized representations of geek culture typically ignore the real people who have invested time and resources to make it what it is.
Getting a Life recentres our understanding of geek culture on the everyday lives of its participants, drawing on fieldwork in comic book shops, game stores, and conventions, including in-depth interviews with ordinary members of the overlapping communities of fans and enthusiasts. Benjamin Woo shows how geek culture is a set of interconnected social practices that are associated with popular media. He argues that typical depictions of mass-mediated entertainment as something that isolates and pacifies its audiences are flawed because they do not account for the conversations, relationships, communities, and identities that are created by engaging with the products of mass culture.
Getting a Life combines engaging interview material with lucid interpretation and a clear, interdisciplinary framework. The volume is both an accessible introduction to this contemporary subculture and an exploration of the ethical possibilities of a life lived with media.
Literary Theory: An Anthology, 3rd Edition [EPUB]
08 April 2018, 05:42
2017 | EPUB | 13.09MB
The new edition of this bestselling literary theory anthology has been thoroughly updated to include influential texts from innovative new areas, including disability studies, eco-criticism, and ethics.
- Covers all the major schools and methods that make up the dynamic field of literary theory, from Formalism to Postcolonialism
- Expanded to include work from Stuart Hall, Sara Ahmed, and Lauren Berlant.
- Pedagogically enhanced with detailed editorial introductions and a comprehensive glossary of terms
Rude Hand Gestures of the World: A Guide to Offending without Words [EPUB]
07 April 2018, 12:19
2011 | EPUB | 5.11MB
A hand gesture is arguably the most effective form of expression, whether you re defaming a friend's mother or telling a perfect stranger to get lost. Learn how to go beyond just flipping the bird with this illustrated guide to rude hand gestures all around the world, from asking for sex in the Middle East to calling someone crazy in Italy. Detailed photographs of hand models and subtle tips for proper usage make Rude Hand Gestures of the World the perfect companion for globe-trotters looking to offend.