English Notes - Themes and Concepts Radical Individualism...

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Themes and Concepts Radical Individualism- Belief in the primary importance of the individual and the virtues of self reliance and personal independence E.Plurbius Unum- Out of many, one American Dream- Class mobility… Reaffirmation or subversion of SOCIAL ORDER Class= FINANCIAL and CULTURAL CURRENCY operates TWO axes Class Conflict- Privilage protects privilege (Great Gatsby) (SIN CITY) beyond normal reality. American Conflict West V. East (GATSBY, SIN CITY) Lower Middle Upper Class Conflict (Physical space has symbolic relevance) Nostalgia- Overly sentimental desire or wistful affection for the past, romanticize. Modernism:1900- WWI “Make it NEW” Post-Modernism- 1960-? Playful, subversive, crisis Freud: INDIVIDUAL v. COMMUNAL SYMBOLISM… Dream Work… Mythologies Fabrication of Desire Plationic Ideal Form SIMULACRA- The reproduction of reality. There is no relation to the original and it is okay.
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