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By John Fiske

Comprises papers on `The woman: a rhetoric of desire', the language of magic in southern Italy, stardom, consumerism and its contradictions, and gender family, among others.

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I shall delay elaborating on these points until I have introduced the recent work of Terry Eagleton, which orchestrates the iconoclastic voices raised against ‘the canon’. The abolition of ‘literature’ Eagleton’s project is none other than the abolition of literature, and the sighting, pursuit and destruction of literary theory as a preparation for that event. The parallel is Marx’s critique of the illusory character of religion. If literary theory presses its own implications so far then it has argued itself out of existence.

Swingewood, The Myth of Mass Culture (London: Macmillan, 1977). 19 Bennett, ‘Marxism and popular fiction’, Literature and History, 7, 2 (Autumn 1981), p. 154. 20 Bennett, Formalism and Marxism, p. 141. Engels, Collected Works, vol. 4 (Moscow: Progress Publishers, 1975). Althusser, Lenin and Philosophy, trans. Brewster (London: New Left Books, 1971). 23 Bennett, ‘Marxism and popular fiction’, p. 139. 24 Davies, op. , p. 260. 25 Eagleton, Literary Theory, p. 204. , p. 214. , Re-Reading English, (London: Methuen, 1982), pp.

Attacked by commercial interests battening on its naïve pleasure in spontaneous enjoyment, the candyfloss world promised by such post-1950s mass culture as ‘sex and violence’ novels beckoned attention away from the seriousness, solidarity and mutual aid of the earlier culture. Unfortunately for the simple thesis, historical evidence shows that this earlier community culture was itself commercially produced (Hollywood, women’s magazine stories, the music halls from the 1860s on), and that in many respects it offered models of labour discipline and individualism rather than images of the distinctive moral economy of the working class.

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