Free Download J. Metelmann, Scott Loren, "Melodrama After the Tears: Victimhood, Subjectivity and the Melodramatic Mode"
English | 2015 | ISBN: 9089646736 | 352 pages | PDF | 3.7 MB
Melodrama, it is said, has expanded beyond the borders of genre and fiction to become a pervasive cultural mode. It encompasses distinct signifying practices and interpretive codes for meaning-making that help determine the parameters of identification and subject formation. From the public staging of personal suffering or the psychologization of the self in relation to consumer capitalism, to the emotionalization and sentimentalization of national politics, contributions to this volume address the following question: If melodramatic models of sense-making have become so culturally pervasive and emotionally persuasive, what is the political potential of melodramatic victimhood and where are its political limitations?