Michael Roemer's groundbreaking work argues that every story, be it ancient myth or documentary film, is completed before we read or watch it. He explores why a society like ours - predicated on free will - is addicted to tales that neither we, nor the heroes, can control. Roemer argues that, contrary to both formalist and postmodern aesthetic theories, traditional stories do not create order out of chaos but challenge our order with chaos, undermining the structures we have built to protect ourselves. He finds that stories are both radical and conservative, invalidating our freedom while centering on heroes or heroines who are obliged to act alone; their adventures remove them from the sheltering community. Moreover, their attempt to escape the plot is mandated by the plot itself. Predicated on contradiction, ambiguity, and uncertainty, stories affirm what they deny - just as society both affirms and denies our existence as individuals.
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Michael Roemer is professor of film and American studies at Yale University.Review:
. . . coherent and interesting, complex but accessible. (CHOICE)
An extraordinary analysis, of our rock-bottom humanity, our effort to figure out who we are through narrative―a brilliant and knowing story, really, about who we are who tell and attend stories. The author walks comfortably, judiciously through the terrain of history, literature, photography, psychoanalytic psychology, and does so on our behalf through his clear, compelling voice. (Robert Coles, Harvard University)
A fabulously well-informed look . . . of story-telling across the centuries from ancient drama to contemporary TV. . . . Provocative, fascinating and intellectually enriching. (RWB Lewis, Yale University)
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Descripción Rowman & Littlefield Publisher, 1995. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P11084768041X
Descripción Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1995. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX084768041X