- Subject index
This brilliant, coruscating book, written by one of the most formidable and original thinkers in Cultural Studies, examines questions of nationality, identity, the use of anecdote to build solidarity and the role of institutions in shaping culture. Ranging across many fields, including film and media, gender, nationality, globalization and popular culture, it provides a mind-clearing exercise in recognizing what culture is, and how it works, today. Illustrated with a fund of relevant and insightful examples, it addresses the central questions in cultural studies today: identity, post-identity, the uses of narrative and textual analysis, the industrial organization of solidarity and the opportunities and dilemmas of globalization.
Chapter 3: White Panic or Mad Max and the Sublime
White Panic or Mad Max and the Sublime
There were no Alpine precipices, no avalanches or volcanoes or black jungles full of wild beasts, no earthquakes … Nothing appalling or horrible rushed upon these men. Only there happened – nothing. There might have been a pool of cool water behind any one of those tree clumps; only – there was not. It might have rained at any time; only – it did not. There might have been a fence or a house just over the next rise; only – there was not. They lay down, with the birds hopping from branch to branch above them and the bright sky peeping down at them. No one came. Nothing happened. ...