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 …
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Publication information: Article title: Popular Stories and Promised Lands: Fan Cultures and Symbolic Pilgrimages. Contributors: Moran, Joseph J. - Author. Journal title: Journal of American Culture (Malden, MA). Volume: 31. Issue: 2 Publication date: June 2008. Page number: 244+. © 2004 Blackwell Publishers Ltd. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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