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Title:A Part of it All. (Original writing);
Author(s):Kohn, Nathaniel Herman
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Denzin, Norman K.
Department / Program:Communications
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Sociology, Theory and Methods
Literature, American
Mass Communications
Abstract:This work is a collection of stories about my encounters with celebrity, fame, and the culture industry. It is intensely autobiographical. Through writing about various critical moments in my life as a writer/producer of theatrical movies, I interpret my obsession with becoming a part of the motion picture and television industries. Using myself as exemplar, I examine the associated social phenomena from various points of view, including looking at the pursuit of celebrity as addiction and at celebrity itself as a third space, invoking Homi Bhabha's spatial metaphor. The collection of stories is heavily informed by critical theory and the post-colonial discourse, although not always overtly so. After Raymond Carver, the style of writing is minimalist, and much is said in the silent spaces between words--I employ silence as an evocative tool in the manner of such feminist and post-colonial writers as Trinh Minh-ha and Gayatri Spivak. And, while working within the form of the short story, I fight against that form, hoping to find not symmetry and closure, but polyphonic voices and astounding juxtapositions. Mingling spare dialogic interactions with thick description and coincidental popular culture texts, I promote a verisimilitude that encourages readers to enter the world I am creating while it presents them with new critical tools for exploring their own worlds in ways that matter. And, after Norman Denzin, I enter the texts through epiphanic moments of realization or sudden inspiration and use the process of writing about those moments to explore how I go about coming to terms with my various, ever-changing incarnations. Unanchored and free floating in a postmodern world, I reach no conclusions.
Issue Date:1995
Rights Information:Copyright 1995 Kohn, Nathaniel Herman
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9543632
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9543632

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