An Autoethnographic Examination of 1990s Film as a Site of Critical Public Pedagogy
Images of the Willful Subject in Popular Culture Characters
This research is an exploration of my evolving relationship with popular culture: as an activist, an educator, and a self-described pop-culture geek. Combining aspects of critical analytic autoethnography (Taber, 2012) with feminist discourse analysis (Lazar, 2007), I examine three key films: Scream (Craven, 1996), Practical Magic(Dunne, 1998), and Disturbing Behavior (Nutter, 1998), as well as three characters in these films whom I identify as having had a large influence on me as a teenager, particularly in fostering my ongoing (un)learning surrounding the willful subject (Ahmed, 2014). These three characters are Sidney Prescott from Scream, Sally Owens from Practical Magic, and Rachel Wagner from Disturbing Behavior.
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