The anachronistic fantastic : science, progress and the child in 'post-nostalgic' culture
Bell, A. R.. (2009) The anachronistic fantastic : science, progress and the child in 'post-nostalgic' culture. International Journal of Cultural Studies, Vol.12 (No.1). pp. 5-22. ISSN 1367-8779Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1367877908098856
This article argues that the `genre-slipperiness' of recent media products have been accompanied by a form of `time-slip'. Such happily anachronistic texts self-consciously fuse the nostalgic with the futuristic and suggest comfort and unease with both. In this respect, they might be seen to do damage to notions of linear development, but arguably display love as well as criticism of different forms of progress. This article suggests three different ways of mixing pasts and futures: futuristic texts looking forward to a time when society returns to historical roots; more `combinational' approaches, which juxtapose pasts and futures with a degree of equality; and `technostalgia', nostalgia but to a post-industrial era. Throughout, examples involve young people, as it is argued children have an especially ambivalent role with respect to time, providing a cogent focalizer for the study of aesthetics of anachronism.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology|
|Journal or Publication Title:||International Journal of Cultural Studies|
|Publisher:||Sage Publications Ltd.|
|Official Date:||January 2009|
|Number of Pages:||13|
|Page Range:||pp. 5-22|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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