Kids Library Home

Welcome to the Kids' Library!

Search for books, movies, music, magazines, and more.

Available items only
Print Material
Author Kaplan, Michael A., 1966-

Title Friendship fictions : the rhetoric of citizenship in the liberal imaginary / Michael A. Kaplan.

Imprint Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, c2010.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  791.43653 K141f 2010    ---  Available
Description x, 256 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Series Rhetoric, culture, and social critique
Rhetoric, culture, and social critique.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction: rhetoricizing liberalism -- Imagining citizenship as friendship -- Friendship and the politics of community: The big chill -- Friendship, rebel-citizenship, and the feminist critique of liberalism: Thelma & Louise -- Liberalism, friendship, and the predicament of cybernetic sociality: Lost in translation -- Race, friendship, and the speculative politics of infinite debt: Smoke -- Conclusion: the friendship supplement and the rule of allegory.
Summary "A criticism often leveled at liberal democratic culture is its emphasis on the individual over community and private life over civic participation. However, liberal democratic culture has a more complicated relationship to notions of citizenship. As Michael Kaplan shows, citizenship comprises a major theme of popular entertainment, especially Hollywood film, and often takes the form of friendship narratives, and this is no accident. Examining the representations of citizenship-as-friendship in four Hollywood films (The Big Chill, Thelma & Louise, Lost in Translation, and Smoke), Kaplan argues that critics have misunderstood some of liberal democracy's most significant features: its resilience, its capacity for self-revision, and the cultural resonance of its model of citizenship."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Citizenship in motion pictures.
Friendship in motion pictures.
ISBN 9780817316891 (cloth : alk. paper)
0817316892 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780817383510 (electronic)
0817383514 (electronic)

Available items only