Popular Stories and Promised Lands: Fan Cultures and Symbolic Pilgrimages

By Moran, Joseph J. | Journal of American Culture (Malden, MA), June 2008 | Go to article overview
Save to active project

Popular Stories and Promised Lands: Fan Cultures and Symbolic Pilgrimages


Moran, Joseph J., Journal of American Culture (Malden, MA)


Popular Stories and Promised Lands: Fan Cultures and Symbolic Pilgrimages R.C. Aden. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1999.

Aden argues persuasively that being a fan of a particular popular culture phenomenon such as a comic strip or a television series involves making a symbolic pilgrimage to the sacred land that is created in that comic strip or television series. He contends that fans experience support, challenge, and inspiration in observing the activities that occur in these created sacred lands. Furthermore, he stresses that fans profit most from their symbolic pilgrimages when they reflect on their pilgrimage experiences as a way to uncover better ways to cope with their lives in their material homes. He illustrates the nature of the pilgrimages with separate chapters on the comic strip Dilhert, the television program X-files, the magazine Sports Illustrated, and the movie Field of Dreams. Furthermore, he illustrates the developmental and/or therapeutic value of reflecting on pilgrimage experiences with examples of reflections on his own pilgrimage experiences as a fan of these four popular culture phenomena.

Aden engages readers on two levels. First, he displays enthusiasm for his subject matter in the many anecdotal accounts of his experiences of being a fan. second, he shares with the planning that he put into writing the book. For example, he states that he forsook the Burkean theories he studied in graduate school in favor of integrating and applying to popular materials multiple philosophical and anthropological perspectives that he has come to value during his teaching career.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited article

Popular Stories and Promised Lands: Fan Cultures and Symbolic Pilgrimages
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?