Textual strategies, plastic tactics: Reading Batman and Barbie

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Abstract

The material manifestation of the popular culture icons Batman and Barbie are examined in terms of the subjectivity suggested by each. This article argues that the essential manifestation of Batman is as a textual object while the essential manifestation of Barbie is as a plastic object. These two modes of manifestation, in turn, are examined in terms of the cultural positions of domination and resistance they reflect.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-136
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Material Culture
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002

Keywords

  • Materiality
  • Play
  • Strategy
  • Subjectivity
  • Tactic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Archaeology

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