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Fictions Inc. : the corporation in postmodern fiction, film, and popular culture

Author: Ralph Clare
Publisher: New Brunswick, New Jersey ; London : Rutgers University Press, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Worries over global economics aside, even representations of "American" corporations demonstrate that America's preoccupation with the virtues and vices of capitalism has been ongoing and, moreover, responsive to its particular historical context. For all their power, influence, and pervasiveness, however, corporations also make themselves into visible, material, and substantial targets for an ever-changing system  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ralph Clare
ISBN: 9780813565880 081356588X 9780813565873 0813565871
OCLC Number: 872653848
Description: xiii, 244 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: from Manchuria to Manchuria, Inc. --
California dreaming: twentieth-century corporate fictions at the end of the frontier --
"Domo arigato, Mr. Sakamoto, for the new non-union contract!": (multi)national threats and the decline of the American auto industry in Ron Howard's Gung ho --
Good times, bad times ... you know I had my share(s): the corporation in five popular films --
A capital death: medicine, technology, and the care of the self in Don Delillo's White noise --
Family incorporated: William Gaddis's J R and the embodiment of capitalism --
Your loss is their gain: the corporate body and the corporeal body in Richard Powers's Gain --
Conclusion: corporate hegemony, cubed.
Other Titles: Corporation in postmodern fiction, film, and popular culture
Responsibility: Ralph Clare.

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"Worries over global economics aside, even representations of "American" corporations demonstrate that America's preoccupation with the virtues and vices of capitalism has been ongoing and, moreover, responsive to its particular historical context. For all their power, influence, and pervasiveness, however, corporations also make themselves into visible, material, and substantial targets for an ever-changing system driven by unseen and immaterial capital. And while the corporate imagination is bent upon finding new ways to accumulate capital and convince consumers to purchase more and more, our own imaginations are not so easily bound so long as they remain focused on conceiving of other possible lives and other possible worlds to this one, and, in the end, fostering the common commitment and the willingness to bring them about"--
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"In the wake of the financial collapse and the Occupy movement, Fictions Inc. anatomizes the corporation's hostile takeover of American culture and argues for fiction's and film's ability to resist Read more...

 
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