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fiction of the network society

Fiction of the Network Society

Day 3: Deterritorialization and Imagined Life:

ArjunAppadurai and “Woman Hollering Creek”

  • Appadurai ideas deterritorialization and imagined lives
    • Meenaski temple example
    • Cortaszar example
  • “Woman Hollering Creek” and deterritorialization/transnational identity
detteritorialization leads to imagined life
Detteritorialization leads to imagined life
  • Appadurai = basically arguing that cultures are not intact things, that even the seemingly most coherent, local cultures are influenced, filtered, reworked by information from networks.
  • Life, as Appaduraidescribes it, is lived partly in the (media) network and partly in the immediate world.
questions for appadurai
Questions for Appadurai
  • What is the significance of deterritorialization?
  • Track the transnational exchanges that appear in the essay. Why do these matter, per Appadurai?
  • Why does it matter that the men in the cabaret films derive their identities from “the prurient dance sequences of Hindi films”?
  • What is the relationship between “imagined lives” and “deterritorialized lives”? (53)
meenakski temple
Meenakski Temple

Where do we see transnational connections around the temple on pages 56-57?

“The landscapes of group identity… are no longer familiar insofar as groups are no longer tightly territorialized, spatially bounded, historically unselfconscious, or culturally homogenous” (50)
  • In small groups, define “deterritorialization” (50-51).
how does cortazar story show
How does Cortazar story show
  • “that lives today are as much acts of projection as they are enactments of known scripts or predictable outcomes” (59)
what do you think a means here
What do you think A means here?
  • More persons in more parts of the world consider a wider set of "possible" lives than they ever did before.' One important source of this change is the mass media, which present a rich, ever-changing store of possible lives, some of which enter the lived imaginations of ordinary people more successfully than others. Important also are contacts with, news of, and rumors about others in one's social neighborhood who have become inhabitants of these faraway worlds (54)
three examples of porousness between cultures
Three examples of porousness between cultures
  • 1. Trip to India
  • 2. Cortazar story
  • 3. Cabaret film
fantasy imagined lives how could you apply this idea to woman hollering creek
Fantasy/imagined livesHow could you apply this idea to “Woman Hollering Creek”?
  • “In the last two decades [1975-1995], as the deterritorialization of persons, images, and ideas has taken on new force, this weight has imperceptibly shifted. More persons throughout the world see their lives through the prisms of the possible lives offered by mass media in all their forms. That is, fantasy is now a social practice; it enters, in a host of ways, into the fabrication of social lives for many people and many societies” (54)
issues for transnational
Issues for Transnational
  • Recent American ethnic literature: shift from “roots” to “routes”
  • How do I imagine another place, and the people connected to that place?
    • = source of misunderstandings that occur in “Woman Hollering Creek”
  • What sort of isolation and loneliness results from moving?
  • What sort of new connections are possible as a result of going?
questions for woman hollering creek
Questions for Woman Hollering Creek:
  • How does Cisneros characterize Cleofilas's "transnational" experience? 
  • If Cleofilas is "deterritorialized," where do we see her maintaining imaginary ties to Mexico? 
  • What challenges does Cleofilas encounter living in Texas?
  • What media products would (or do) help modify Cleofilas's experience?
woman hollering creek
“Woman Hollering Creek”
  • Voice of story—almost entirely written in gossip—voice of community
  • Story = deconstruction of one kind of dream—conventional dream of wealth = passion
  • Replaced with fantasy of living independently—as embodied in Felice and La Gritona .
questions for story
Questions for story
  • What characterizes Cleofilas’s life in her hometown?
  • What characterizes her imagination of Texas?
  • What characterizes her actual life in Texas?
  • What are the elements of the final scene?
network imaginary what do the telenovelas soap operas do for cleofilas
Network imaginaryWhat do the telenovelas (soap operas) do for Cleofilas?
  • Except now and again when her husband was away and she could manage it, the few episodes glimpsed at the neighbor lady Soledad's house because Dolores didn't care for that sort of thing, though Soledad was often kind enough to retell what had happened on what episode of Maria de Nadie, the poor Argentine country girl who had the ill fortune of falling in love with the beautiful son of the Arrocha family, the very family she worked for, whose roof she slept under and whose floors she vacuumed, while in that same house, with the dust brooms and floor cleaners as witnesses, the square-jawed Juan Carlos Arrocha had uttered words of love, I love you, Maria, listen to me, mi querida, but it was she who had to say no, no, we are not of the same class, and remind him it was not his place nor hers to fall in love, while all the while her heart was breaking. Can you imagine (3169)