By Roger Horrocks
This e-book reports many of the vital myths of masculinity in pop culture, together with the western, the horror movie, rock song and pornography. The publication starts with an overview of a few of the major theoretical matters in gender stories and cultural stories, together with identity among topic and textual content, and the controversy over the male topic place and the feminine item place in patriarchal tradition.
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And people have a relationship with Elvis that is similar to intercession with a saint. 25 These phenomena might strike us simply as indications of how exotic and bizarre contemporary culture can be. But within a Jungian understanding, they are perfectly explicable: that need for mythical systems, which has been so starved by the decay of Christianity, must find (or create) new idols, new gods. The dying and reborn Man-God - one of the truly ancient myths, predating Christianity - finds a bizarre but unmistakable refraction in Presley.
Pop music has always been music to dance to - in this sense it is participatory. This is quite different from the contemplative atmosphere of the art gallery or the concert hall, and perhaps increased the fear and disdain felt towards pop by many Leavisite intellectuals. One of the memories I have of my first degree, which was in English, is relevant here. We received outstanding lectures from Professor L. C. Knights, who was associated with Leavis and Scrutiny magazine. Students were spell-bound by Knights, sensing the presence of a great mind, amazingly sensitive to textual nuances.
I use the phrase 'at us' because that's what it felt like. What is remarkable in hindsight is that the music we actually liked and played at home - various kinds of rock 'n' roll, country music, and so on - was studiously ignored. Thus the week-end entertainment offered relief from all that high culture at school, but also provided pleasures that seemed quite different in kind. Cinema and pop music are extraordinarily sensuous media. I still find when I go into a cinema, sit down, and watch the first advertisements, that the sheer physical immediacy of the images on the screen are ravishing, almost overpowering.