Besides this blog and its contents, there have been occasions where I wrote someting longer and oriented towards a different goal. This page lists out those writings for your reading pleasure. And also because I need a place where I can always find these.
In this article, I shall deal with the concept of formula, created by John Cawelti as a means of studying popular culture, mostly literature. Based on a difference between conventions and inventions, this concept promised a lot of change in theoretical dealings with popular culture. However, some changes are needed in its definition, since Cawelti didn't spend a lot of time defining formula's mutation through time as well as its relation to genre, another concept used in popular culture studies. I also investigate in greater depth the aforementioned relation between convention and invention.
In this article we have shown the changes that happen with genre and it's forms when it is externalized in reality. In order to better explain and illustrate that process, we have used the theories about genre as a point of fixation of reality that were crafted by Mikhail Bakhtin, a russian formalist. Through a very special process of classificaiton on a hybrid body of narratives, we have seen how rigid and one-sided process of classification, which treats genre as a category fixed in time and space, ultimately damages our analysis of folklore materials.
Science fiction was, both as a literary genre and through its presence in film and television, the object of many disciplines until pre- sent time. The idea of inevitable technological progress and scientific de- velopment as basis of the future of human worlds is present as one of key science fiction motifs. This paper’s aim is to use the specificities of anthropology as a discipline so it could observe reflections of the con- struction and constitution of technological systems, and, even more im- portantly, their promises in science fiction literature and genre in general.