Vol 18, No 2 (2012)

Secular Discomforts and On Mad Men


Secular Discomforts: Religion and Cultural Studies is co-edited by Sophie Sunderland and Holly Randell-Moon.

The articles within this section are related through their capacity to unsettle and occupy a position of discomfort, rather than appeasement, in their engagements with cultural studies, secularism and the religious. Critical to this capacity is resistance to the idea that ‘religion’ and ‘cultural studies’ are irreconcilable opposites, or that ‘secularism’ might form the neutral ground upon which to stage debate. Rather, in offering this collection the editors are keen to unsettle the idea that the secular underwrites analyses of the religious and, further, that the secular marks the terrain from which cultural studies is enacted.


On Mad Men is co-edited by Prudence Black and Melissa Hardie.

This collection of essays on the US cable TV series Mad Men shows the ways in which the series, and its viewers, engage with issues that are central disciplinary concerns in cultural studies and which articulate cultural studies’ relationship to other disciplines. Rather than understanding the series to be motivated by a desire to chart sociohistorical changes, an understanding its period stylings have sometimes invited, these essays move in other directions. Their analyses focus on genre, on dynamics of gender and sexuality as they are implicated in the series and in its reception and on the complicated work of representing the making of history. They take seriously the role of creativity and the aesthetic in the putatively ‘low’ cultural domain of advertising. Moving in a variety of disciplinary directions they address questions central to the work of cultural studies.


Table of Contents

Editorial PDF
Katrina Schlunke, John Frow 1–2

Secular Discomforts: Religion and Cultural Studies

Introducing Discomforts PDF
Sophie Sunderland, Holly Randell-Moon 3–15
'A Storm on the Horizon': Discomforting Democracy and the Feeling of Fairness PDF
Ann Pellegrini 16–31
(Post) Secular Discomforts: Religio-Secular Disclosures in the Indian Context PDF
Goldie Osuri 32–51
The Secret, Cultural Property and the Construction of the Spiritual Commodity PDF
Guy Redden 52–73
Avatar, Dark Green Religion: and the Technological Construction of Nature PDF
Chris Klassen 74–88
Colonial Subjectification: Foucault, Christianity and Governmentality PDF
Christina Petterson 89–108
Buddhism, Poststructuralist Thought, Cultural Studies: A Profession of Faith PDF
Edwin Ng 109–28
Christianity Would Not Want a World from which Violence was Excluded': God, Bataille and Derrida on the Sovereign Logic of Religious Child Killing PDF
Nick Mansfield 129–46

On Mad Men

On Mad Men: Introduction PDF
Prudence Black, Melissa Jane Hardie 147–50
The Three Faces of Mad Men: Middlebrow Culture and Quality Television PDF
Melissa Jane Hardie 151–68
Turned Back: Mad Men as Intermedial Melodrama PDF
Monique Rooney 169–87
Don, Betty and Jackie Kennedy: On Mad Men and Periodisation PDF
Prudence Black, Catherine Driscoll 188–206
Fag Men: Mad Men, Homosexuality and Televisual Style PDF
Lee Wallace 207–22
Seeing the World Second Hand: Mad Men and the Vintage Consumer PDF
Caroline Hamilton 223–41
The Return of Organisation Man: Commuter Narratives and Suburban Critique PDF
Melissa Gregg 242–61
Mad Men’s Deceptive (Critique Of) Creativity PDF
Julie Robert 262–77
California and Irony in Mad Men PDF
Rodney Taveira 278–300
Mediations on Emergent Occasions: Mad Men, Donald Draper and Frank O’Hara PDF
Kate Lilley 301–15


Sacred Landscapes PDF
Roland Boer 316–20
Material Becoming PDF
Michele Willson 321–9
We Need to Talk about Cultural Studies PDF
Justin O'Connor 330–40
Critique on Critique PDF
Nicholas Holm 341–6
Trauma: With or Without Theory PDF
Allen Meek 347–52
Children, Consumption, Controversy PDF
Rebecca Kambuta 353–9