The lead article applies a theory of genres to both the Old and the New Testament. The second article tries to revive a sense of the Apocalype that would await us if the Cold War turned hot by looking at the ways such an Apocalypse was imagined while the Cold War was going on. The third article looks at modern friezes as those are found on the walls of university buildings and in subway placard advertising campaigns. The final article considers the way movie genres have evolved as a test that shows that the currently fashionable hypothesis that culture is a response to national traumas is incorrect.
The purpose of this e-journal is to use in tandem the techniques of literary criticism and social structural analysis to illuminate American politics and the various institutions in American society and sometimes matters more global, like religion or war, by turning an eye on the events and objects and performances that are considered art and entertainment, those defined broadly enough to include whatever is covered in newspapers and other media. Another concern is to pick up the texture of social life, both in the United States and in general, through the analysis of those events, objects and performances that are to be found in everyday life.