Popularna kultura i odnosi moći u noveli O miševima i ljudima Džona Stajnbeka
Keywords:Of Mice and Men, popular culture, John Fiske, ideology, social classes, American dream
The aim of the paper is to depict the existence of the unequal distribution of power in the society which exists in various forms, but also to provide interpretations according to which the marginalized protagonists of John Steinbeck’s novella Of Mice and Men defy the system by creating their own culture both literally and figuratively. The paper also examines the idea of the American dream as an ideal which was dominant in America and related to consumerism and popular culture at the time the novella was written. The paper also explores the extent to which the novella can be read as a popular text due to the fact that the paper will explore the concepts of fantasy, violence, leisure, masculinity and the female body from the angle of popular culture within the framework of the power relations in the society. The author of this paper concludes that the novella contains the elements of popular culture and that the protagonists express some resistance towards the system. However, the elements of popular culture are neither absolute nor completely empowering.
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