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Popular Stories and Promised Lands
Fan Cultures and Symbolic Pilgrimages

Hardcover
1999. 304 pp.
978-0-8173-0938-1
Price:  $49.95 s
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2007. 304 pp.
978-0-8173-5472-5
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2007. 304 pp.
978-0-8173-9125-6
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Popular Stories and Promised Lands enters a conversation about who we are, where we've been, and where we might be going by suggesting that possible answers to those questions can be found in the popular stories we encounter at the movies, on television, in popular magazines, and even on the funny pages. 

As countless scholars and popular writers have noted, those of us living in the United States find ourselves at a cultural crossroads. We are increasingly aware that the stories that once permeated life in these United States, stories that tell us that social and economic progress comes from working hard, that everyone has an equal opportunity to experience
such progress, do not resonate to the degree they once did. Because many Americans have traditionally defined themselves, others, and their unique sense of place through these stories, we find ourselves displaced socially, economically, politically, and/or culturally.  

So, Roger Aden says, we go to places of our own making. Fans of the television series The X-Files return to the Funhouse each week for a dose of frightening fun. Fans of the weekly magazine Sports Illustrated play in the American Elysian Fields where democratic efforts at balancing work and play are valued. Fans of the movie Field of Dreams work as altruistic producers in an alternative garden spot. 

Grounded in the author's own experiences and reinforced by the voices of approximately two hundred additional fans of the four popular stories, this book offers a compelling case for understanding the alleged wasteland of popular culture as a fertile site of individually and communally created sacred places. 
 


Roger C. Aden is Associate Professor of Interpersonal Communication at Ohio University. 
 


"A masterful production of a reading experience in which a diversified, assertive audience is collectively and individually rising to produce a communal wave around this popular culture stadium. By the end of the book I am completely and unabashedly with them, cheering and applauding this scholarly performance."
—H. L. Goodall Jr., University of North Carolina-Greensboro

"Aden's book brings theoretical and methodological rigor to scholarship in popular culture. His perspectives on narrative and place unify a wide range of interests in impressive ways."
—Barry Brummett, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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