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  •  authors may not be mindful of their own intent (1+ / 0-)
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    or its reception or the meaning that a given piece of work will take when it is circulated among a public. there are many many examples of such happenings where a song, movie, film, poetry, etc. was meant as X by the author and became understood to mean Y by the public.

    authors and creators are part of the collective consciousness of a society. as such, they reproduce its norms intentionally and unintentionally. as i said i am not a modernist--although i appreciate its foundations. i am more a populist who tends to read against Power by using a critical framework.

    If you are curious about this approach check out some of Henry Giroux's early stuff, or even more foundation work by Fiske and others. I think I mentioned it earlier, stuart hall has some good stuff on Youtube from his Manchester lectures (I believe).

    There is also a BBC series that should still be online called Ways of Seeing that does a great job of getting into matters of representation, perspective, and power by considering art history in Modern Europe.

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