Presentation on theme: "TEXT AND SIGN session 5. narratives of the 90s 90s epigrams – “You shouldn’t have to sacrifice who you are just because somebody else has a problem with."— Presentation transcript:
TEXT AND SIGN session 5
narratives of the 90s 90s epigrams – “You shouldn’t have to sacrifice who you are just because somebody else has a problem with it.” (Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City) – “You know it’s not your style, but it’s right there and you try it on anyway”
presence Being present: what does it mean? A strong identity is based on receiving undivided attention. Relate to living in the world symbolically through personal experience of the world. Authentic living vs. dictated agendas.
arthur miller & inge morath
miller & monroe
miller & daniel day-lewis
cultural production painter/sculptor actress writer movie director the move across fields of cultural production is determined by various negotiations which ensure and determine the degree of a subject’s successfulness in a field of cultural production
critics as gate keepers “I always had this compulsion to tell stories and I was so visual at the same time. Making films just seemed the right way to unify those things.” (Rebecca Miller) “Probably given the fact that everybody in my family is an artist, I became one. But I think that happens with doctors too”. (Rebecca Miller)
pierre bourdieu economic capital: consists of economic forces money cultural capital: consists of non-economic forces family, background, social class, prestige. – (symbolic capital) the dominated class has fewer economic means it engages in producing works of culture the dominating class possessing economic capital engages in investing in the preservation of works of art.
Personal Velocity: Greta Greta – ambitious, speedy – ‘hates’ her job – gets things done Lee – a quiet man – slow – loves his job – has no aspirations Greta’s character is a reflection of her father ‘interesting’ – through success, her assets get converted into money and prestige. Lee’s character mirrors the values of his family ‘nice’
themes Identity – established from the outset – mediated and negotiated – determined by realizations not decisions Aspirations Personal velocity Challenging of social institutions
symbolism Shoes – are a reflection of the dynamics of a field – are a manifestation of personal velocity – are a standard by which we judge others – are a manifestation of different negotiations between fields
context Religion – Christianity (Protestantism and its work ethics: the aim is to be as good as others) – Judaism (stresses interpretation: the aim is not to be as good as the others, but better)
style performative – Miller’s writing emulates Greta’s editing – no redundancies – flat delivery (compare to the deadpan voice-over in the film) irony – no sentimentality interior monologue