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Out of Sync & Out of Work explores the representation of obsolescence, particularly of labor, in film and literature during a historical moment in which automation has intensified in capitalist economies. Joel Burges analyzes texts such as The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Wreck-It Ralph, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Iron Council, and examines their “means” of production. Those means include a range of subjects and narrative techniques, including the “residual means” of including classic film stills in a text, the “obstinate means” of depicting machine breaking, the “dated means” of employing the largely defunct technique of stop-motion animation, and the “obsolete” means of celebrating a labor strike. In every case, the novels and films that Burges scrutinizes call on these means to activate the reader’s/viewer’s awareness of historical time. Out of Sync & Out of Work advances its readers’ grasp of the complexities of historical time in contemporary culture, moving the study of temporality forward in film and media studies, literary studies, critical theory, and cultural critique.

Table of Contents

  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Introduction: Falling into History
  2. pp. 1-11
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  1. Chapter 1: Culture by Outmoded Means
  2. pp. 12-37
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  1. Chapter 2: Reading by Residual Means
  2. pp. 38-77
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  1. Chapter 3: Narrative by Obstinate Means
  2. pp. 78-114
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  1. Chapter 4: Cinema by Dated Means
  2. pp. 115-150
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  1. Chapter 5: Politics by Obsolete Means
  2. pp. 151-174
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 175-176
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 177-198
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 199-204
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  1. About the Author
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813597157
Related ISBN
9780813597126
MARC Record
OCLC
1038504808
Pages
214
Launched on MUSE
2018-06-06
Language
English
Open Access
No
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