Hop on Pop

The Politics and Pleasures of Popular Culture

Hop on Pop

Book Pages: 760 Illustrations: 63 b&w photos Published: January 2003

Cultural Studies, Media Studies

Hop on Pop showcases the work of a new generation of scholars—from fields such as media studies, literature, cinema, and cultural studies—whose writing has been informed by their ongoing involvement with popular culture and who draw insight from their lived experiences as critics, fans, and consumers. Proceeding from their deep political commitment to a new kind of populist grassroots politics, these writers challenge old modes of studying the everyday. As they rework traditional scholarly language, they search for new ways to write about our complex and compelling engagements with the politics and pleasures of popular culture and sketch a new and lively vocabulary for the field of cultural studies.
The essays cover a wide and colorful array of subjects including pro wrestling, the computer games Myst and Doom, soap operas, baseball card collecting, the Tour de France, karaoke, lesbian desire in the Wizard of Oz, Internet fandom for the series Babylon 5, and the stress-management industry. Broader themes examined include the origins of popular culture, the aesthetics and politics of performance, and the social and cultural processes by which objects and practices are deemed tasteful or tasteless. The commitment that binds the contributors is to an emergent perspective in cultural studies, one that engages with popular culture as the culture that "sticks to the skin," that becomes so much a part of us that it becomes increasingly difficult to examine it from a distance. By refusing to deny or rationalize their own often contradictory identifications with popular culture, the contributors ensure that the volume as a whole reflects the immediacy and vibrancy of its objects of study.
Hop on Pop will appeal to those engaged in the study of popular culture, American studies, cultural studies, cinema and visual studies, as well as to the general educated reader.

Contributors. John Bloom, Gerry Bloustein, Aniko Bodroghkozy, Diane Brooks, Peter Chvany, Elana Crane, Alexander Doty, Rob Drew, Stephen Duncombe, Nick Evans, Eric Freedman, Joy Fuqua, Tony Grajeda, Katherine Green, John Hartley, Heather Hendershot, Henry Jenkins, Eithne Johnson, Louis Kaplan, Maria Koundoura, Sharon Mazer, Anna McCarthy, Tara McPherson, Angela Ndalianis, Edward O’Neill, Catherine Palmer, Roberta Pearson, Elayne Rapping, Eric Schaefer, Jane Shattuc, Greg Smith, Ellen Strain, Matthew Tinkhom, William Uricchio, Amy Villarego, Robyn Warhol, Charles Weigl, Alan Wexelblat, Pamela Robertson Wojcik, Nabeel Zuberi


“[A]n introduction to cultural studies unlike any I have read before. . . . [R]evolutionary.” — Alan McKee , M/C Reviews

“Does the phrase ‘academics and popular culture’ evoke terrifying thoughts of impenetrable essays on the semiotics of Madonna lyrics? The editors of Hop on Pop want you to know that cultural studies has gotten a lot more user-friendly over the last decade. Adapting a phrase from cyperpunk writer Bruce Sterling, they write that today’s cultural scholars ‘engage with popular culture as the culture that “sticks to the skin.”’” — Jennifer Howard , Washington Post

"[A] complicated and enlivening work. . . . [T]he pleasures and politics of popular culture are deftly explored in this book. . . ." — Charles Fairchild, Australasian Journal of American Studies

“Henry Jenkins, Tara McPherson, and Jane Shattuc have collected a diverse array of intriguing insights into popular culture—not with disdain or postmodern mumble, but with real interest and even respect. Hop on Pop looks at pop culture as the water we swim in, as a muscular change agent, as the mirror held up to human nature.” — Brenda Laurel, author of Utopian Entrepreneur

"A lively travelogue of the ‘lively arts,’ Hop on Pop cheerfully transcends political, personal, and professional boundaries to offer a sprawling rainbow map of popular culture and exposes those old boundaries for the sneetch-like spooks they truly are."
  — Scott McCloud, cartoonist and author of Understanding Comics


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Henry Jenkins is Anne Fetter Friedlaender Professor of Humanities and Director of the Comparative Media Studies Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of editor of several books including Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture and The Children’s Culture Reader.

Tara McPherson is Associate Professor of Cinema and Television at the University of Southern California and author of Reconstructing Dixie: Race, Gender, and Nostalgia in the Imagined South.

Jane Shattuc is Associate Professor of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College. She is author of The Talking Cure: Television Talk Shows and Women and Television, Tabloids, Tears: Fassbinder and Popular Culture.

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Acknowledgments ix

I. Introduction 1

The Culture That Sticks to Your Skin: A Manifesto for a New Cultural Studies / Henry Jenkins, Tara McPherson, and Jane Shattuc 3

Defining Popular Culture / Henry Jenkins, Tara McPherson, and Jane Shattuc 26

II. Self 43

Daytime Utopias: If You Lived in Pine Valley, You'd Be Home / Elayne Rapping 47

Cardboard Patriarchy: Adult Baseball Card Collecting and the Nostalgia for a Presexual Past / John Bloom 66

Virgins for Jesus: The Gender Politics of Therapeutic Christian Fundamentalist Media / Heather Hendershot 88

"Do We Look Like Ferengi Capitalists to You?" Star Trek's Klingons as Emergent Virtual American Ethnics / Peter A. Chvany 105

The Empress's New Clothing? Public Intellectualism and Popular Culture / Jane Shattuc 122

"My Beautiful Wickedness": The Wizard of Oz as Lesbian Fantasy / Alexander Doty 138

III. Maker 159

"Ceci N'est Pas une Jeune Fille": Videocams, Representation, and "Othering" in the Worlds of Teenage Girls / Gerry Bloustien 162

"No Matter How Small": The Democratic Imagination of Dr. Seuss / Henry Jenkins 187

An Auteur in the Age of the Internet: JMS, Babylon 5, and the Net / Alan Wexelblat 209

"I'm a Loser Baby": Zines and the Creation of Underground Identity / Stephen Duncombe 227

IV. Performance 251

"Anyone Can Do It": Forging a Participatory Culture in Karaoke Bars / Robert Drew 254

Watching Wrestling / Writing Performance / Sharon Mazer 270

Mae West's Maids: Race, "Authenticity," and the Discourse of Camp / Pamela Robertson Wojcik 287

"They Dig Her Message": Opera, Television, and the Black Diva / Dianne Brooks 300

How to Become a Camp Icon in Five Easy Lessons: Fetishism --- and Tallulah Bankhead's Phallus / Edward O'Neill 316

V. Taste 339

"It Will Get a Terrific Laugh": On the Problematic Pleasures and Politics of Holocaust Humor / Louis Kaplan 343

The Sound of Disaffection / Tony Grajeda 357

Corruption, Criminality, and the Nickelodeon / Roberta E. Pearson and William Uricchio 376

"Racial Cross-Dressing" in the Jazz Age: Cultural Therapy and Its Discontents in Cabaret Nightlife / Nicholas M. Evans 388

The Invisible Burlesque Body of La Guardia's New York / Anna McCarthy 415

Quarantined! A Case Study of Boston's Combat Zone / Eric Schaefer and Eithne Johnson 430

VI. Change 455

On Thrifting / Matthew Tinkcom, Joy Van Fuqua, and Amy Villarejo 459

Shopping Sense: Fanny Fern and Jennie June on Consumer Culture in the Nineteenth Century / Elana Crane 472

Navigating Myst-y Landscapes: Killer Applications and Hybrid Criticism / Greg M. Smith 487

The Rules of the Game: Evil Dead II . . . Meet Thy Doom / Angela Ndalianis 503

Seeing in Black and White: Gender and Racial Visibility from Gone with the Wind to Scarlett / Tara McPherson 517

VII. Home 535

"The Last Truly British People You Will Ever Know": Skinheads, Pakis, and Morrissey / Nabeel Zuberi 539

Finding One's Way Home: I Dream of Jeannie and Diasporic Identity / Maria Koundoura 556

As Canadian as Possible . . . : Anglo-Canadian Popular Culture and the American Other / Aniko Bodroghkozy 566

Wheels of Fortune: Nation, Culture, and the Tour de France / Catherine Palmer 589

Narrativizing Cyper-Travel: CD-ROM Travel Games and the Art of Historical Recovery / Ellen Strain 605

Hotting, Twocking, and Indigenous Shipping: A Vehicular Theory of Knowledge in Cultural Studies / John Hartley 622

VIII. Emotion 647

"Ain't I de One Everybody Come to See?!" Popular Memories of Uncle Tom's Cabin / Robyn R. Warhol 650

Stress Management Ideology and the Other Spaces of Women's Power / Kathleen Green 670

"Have You Seen This Child?" From Milk Carton to Mise-en-Abime / Eric Freedman 689

Introducing Horror / Charles E. Weigl 700

About the Contributors 721

Name Index 733
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