The Cinematic Novel and Postmodern Pop Fiction

Bringing in suggestive sociocultural and psychoanalytical considerations, Cruz shows how, in Puig’s hands, the cinematic novel resulted in a pop collage of different texts, films, discourses, and narrative devices which fused reality and ...

Author: Décio Torres Cruz

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company

ISBN: 9789027261816

Category: Literary Criticism

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Décio Torres Cruz approaches connections between literature and cinema partly through issues of gender and identity, and partly through issues of reality and representation. In doing so, he looks at the various ways in which people have thought of the so-called cinematic novel, tracing the development of that genre concept not only in the French ciné-roman and film scenarios but also in novels from the United States, England, France, and Latin America. The main tendency he identifies is the blending of the cinematic novel with pop literature, through allusions to Pop Art and other postmodern cultural trends. His prime exhibits are a number of novels by the Argentinian writer Manuel Puig: Betrayed by Rita Hayworth; Heartbreak Tango; The Buenos Aires Affair; Kiss of the Spider Woman; and Pubis angelical. Bringing in suggestive sociocultural and psychoanalytical considerations, Cruz shows how, in Puig’s hands, the cinematic novel resulted in a pop collage of different texts, films, discourses, and narrative devices which fused reality and imagination into dream and desire.
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Indian Popular Fiction

New Genres, Novel Spaces Prem Kumari Srivastava, Mona Sinha. postmodern city as 'displaced city', writes Harding, the postmodern city-as-text “represents a hospitable field of play, a paradigm of difference, of linguistic free play, ...

Author: Prem Kumari Srivastava

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000482829

Category: Literary Criticism

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The scholarly essays in the book open up experimental and novel spaces and genres beyond the traditional and the literary world of Indian Popular Fiction as it existed towards the end of the last millennium. They respond to the possibilities opened up by the technology-driven and internet-savvy reading and writing word of today. Contemporaneous and bold, most of the essays resonate with the racy and fast paced milieu and social media space inhabited by today's youth. Combative in its drift, this book makes possible an attempt to disband hierarchies and dismantle categories that have engulfed the expansive landscape of Indian Popular Fiction for too long. It facilitates discussion on graphic novels, micro fiction, popular-entertainment and political satire on television and celluloid, social media-driven romances existing in the domain of the 'real' rather than that of 'fantasy' and mythological readings against the backdrop of gender and politice(politics?). Aimed at facilitating further research by scholars and enthusiasts of Indian popular fiction, this book is also an ode to the current trends generated by social and internet media cosmos. Please note: Taylor & Francis does not sell or distribute the Hardback in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
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Postmodern Media Culture

In the film , as in the novel , Jorge de Burgos excludes from the canon those works which open the monastic ... The film's detection - investigation plot structure derives from popular fiction and popular cinema , and the film could be ...

Author: Jonathan Bignell

Publisher: Aakar Books

ISBN: 8189833162

Category: Mass media

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Postmodern Media Culture Analyses The Function Of Media Examples In The Work Of A Number Of Key Theorists Including Adorno, Baudrillard, Benjamin, Habermas, Jameson, Lyotard And Mcluhan, And Discusses Contemporary Media Production, Products And Audiences, To Test And Reorient Theoretical Models Of The Postmodern. The Book Deals With Film, Television, Information Technology, Consumer Products And Popular Literature, And Assesses Challenges To Conceptions Of The Postmodern Based On Gender, Race And Region.The Book Also Addresses The Confusion Of Terms In This Subject Area (Such As Modernity , Postmodernity , Postmodernism , The Postmodern ) And Integrates A Wide-Ranging Analysis Of Contemporary Media Culture With Theories Of The Postmodern. Topics Discussed Include Mass Culture, Technologies Of Media Production And Consumption, Simulation And Spectacle, Apocalypse And The End Of History, The Politics Of Consumption, Media Aesthetics And Politics, Heterogeneity And A Global Village Or A Postmodern Condition.
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Pop Fiction

THE 5 □ N G IN CINEMA Pop Fiction's unique essays individually consider one song within a cinematic context. Unlike previous collected volumes ... [A postmodern gesture wherein, through the reader, the examiners become the examined.] ...

Author: Matthew Caley

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 9781841509068

Category: Music

Page: 175

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Pop Fiction's unique essays individually consider one song within a cinematic context. Unlike previous collected volumes about pop music in film, where a generalised approach has been adopted, this offers instead a close examination of two pervasive and significant mediums in combination. The collection introspects, assembling the pop song into various guises and documenting how individuals dissemble the multiple roles that the pop song plays in cinematic moments. The song as: role-play, memory trigger, narrator, ghost, marketing device, translator, alienator, membership rite etc. All provide fresh insight towards the inter-textual fusion of film and song. Additionally the books form reduces the area of analysis to expose differences and similarities between these contrasting fields of study. Innovative yet accessible, this exciting document would appeal to students, lecturers and researchers offering a diverse set of models with which to investigate the 'ideogram' of image/text/sound - a relationship which sits at the heart of most cultural production. For beginners, the book provides comforting areas of familiarity (pop song and film) while exploring areas of respective discipline and inter-disciplinary practice in an original manner.
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The Formulas of Popular Fiction

Elements of Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, Religious and Mystery Novels Anna Faktorovich ... billion in 2010,9 or with the U.S. film industry's $10.47 billion in revenue in 2010,10 they are still large enough to make popular fiction ...

Author: Anna Faktorovich

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476615851

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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This book creates a taxonomy for the major bestselling fictional genres: romance (e.g., authors Heyer, Cartland, Woodiwiss and Roberts), religious and inspirational (Corelli and Douglas), mystery and detective (Conan Doyle, Christie and Mankell), and science fiction, horror and fantasy (Wells, Tolkien, Orwell, Niven, King and Rowling). Chapters look at a genre from its roots to its most recent works. The structural patterns in the plot, characters and setting of these genres are then explained. The book also provides a critique of currently popular hyper-formulaic, hack, unliterary writings that have multiplied in recent decades. Special topics such as the publishing oligopoly and the resulting homogeneity among bestselling works and the steady movement from literary to unliterary fiction are also examined.
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The Postmodern Arts

Scott's film is a careful , sophisticated adaptation of Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep ? ... studies which combines a complex urban history together with the forms of popular culture which it has produced .

Author: Nigel Wheale

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415077761

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 295

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The Postmodern Arts provides essential material and invaluable guidance for students of modern literature and culture.
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The Cambridge Companion to Popular Fiction

Michael Warner, Publics and Counterpublics (New York: Zone Books, 2005), p. 63. Nancy Fraser, 'Politics, Culture, and the Public Sphere: Toward a Postmodern Conception', in Social Postmodernism: Beyond Identity Politics, ed.

Author: David Glover

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107493858

Category: Literary Criticism

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Popular commercial fiction emerged in the nineteenth century, with serialised novels and sensational penny dreadfuls. Today it remains a multi-million dollar industry giving pleasure to many, but it is also a field of growing interest for scholars and students of literature. This Companion covers the major developments in the history of popular fiction, with specially commissioned chapters on pulp fiction, bestsellers, and comics and graphic narratives. The volume also examines the public and personal everyday contexts within which popular texts are read, highlighting the ways in which such narratives have circulated across a variety of constantly changing media, including theatre, television, cinema and new computer-based digital forms. Case studies from key genres - crime fiction, romance and Gothic horror - as well as a full chronology and guide to further reading make this collection indispensable to all those interested in this complex and vibrant cultural field.
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Backward Glances

girl romance such as Internet fiction and cheap, pop-fiction novels, this film effectively articulates the modern Chinese schoolgirl romance narrative with postmodern Taiwanese lesbian (nütongzhi) culture—a culture that itself ...

Author: Fran Martin

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9780822392637

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 303

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Backward Glances reveals that the passionate love one woman feels for another occupies a position of unsuspected centrality in contemporary Chinese mass cultures. By examining representations of erotic and romantic love between women in popular films, elite and pulp fiction, and television dramas, Fran Martin shows how youthful same-sex love is often framed as a universal, even ennobling, feminine experience. She argues that a temporal logic dominates depictions of female homoeroticism, and she traces that logic across texts produced and consumed in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan during the twentieth century and the early twenty-first. Attentive to both transnational cultural flows and local particularities, Martin shows how loving relations between women in mass culture are usually represented as past experiences. Adult protagonists revel in the repeated, mournful narration of their memories. Yet these portrayals do not simply or finally consign the same-sex loving woman to the past—they also cause her to reappear ceaselessly in the present. As Martin explains, memorial schoolgirl love stories are popular throughout contemporary Chinese cultures. The same-sex attracted young woman appears in both openly homophobic and proudly queer-affirmative narratives, as well as in stories whose ideological valence is less immediately clear. Martin demonstrates that the stories, television programs, and films she analyzes are not idiosyncratic depictions of marginal figures, but manifestations of a broader, mainstream cultural preoccupation. Her investigation of representations of same-sex love between women sheds new light on contemporary Chinese understandings of sex, love, gender, marriage, and the cultural ordering of human life.
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The Bloomsbury Introduction to Popular Fiction

Jim Collins, for example, refers to the advent of postmodernism and its creation of works of literature that freely mix ... it was then turned into an award-winning feature film that spawned the 'film-tie-in' reissue of the novel (3).

Author: Christine Berberich

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781441155672

Category: Literary Criticism

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Guiding readers through key writers and genres, historical contexts and major theoretical approaches, this is a comprehensive introduction to the study of popular fiction. Charting the rise of commercial fiction from the 19th century to today, The Bloomsbury Introduction to Popular Fiction includes introductory surveys, written by leading scholars, to a wide range of popular genres, including: Science Fiction Crime Writing Romance and Chick Lit Adventure Stories and Lad Lit Horror Graphic Novels Children's Literature Part II of the book also includes case-study readings of key writers and texts, from the work of HG Wells, Ian Fleming and Raymond Chandler to more recent books such as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The book also includes a chapter covering "The Writer's Perspective" on popular publishing, while annotated guides to further reading and online resources throughout give students the tools they need to pursue independent study on their courses.
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Postmodern Vampires

Film, Fiction, and Popular Culture Sorcha Ní Fhlainn ... of protest against the Patriot Act (2001) (and the most apt cover I could ever conceive of having for this book), featured behind the bar at the vampire establishment Fangtasia.

Author: Sorcha Ní Fhlainn

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137583772

Category: Performing Arts

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Postmodern Vampires: Film, Fiction, and Popular Culture is the first major study to focus on American cultural history from the vampire’s point of view. Beginning in 1968, Ní Fhlainn argues that vampires move from the margins to the centre of popular culture as representatives of the anxieties and aspirations of their age. Mapping their literary and screen evolution on to the American Presidency, from Richard Nixon to Donald Trump, this essential critical study chronicles the vampire’s blood-ties to distinct socio-political movements and cultural decades in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Through case studies of key texts, including Interview with the Vampire, The Lost Boys, Blade, Twilight, Let Me In, True Blood and numerous adaptations of Dracula, this book reveals how vampires continue to be exemplary barometers of political and historical change in the American imagination. It is essential reading for scholars and students in Gothic and Horror Studies, Film Studies, and American Studies, and for anyone interested in the articulate undead.
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Beckett in Popular Culture

This collection of new essays (one exception) finds him incorporated into virtually all aspects of popular culture--television, popular fiction, movies, tattoos, even sports--in a manner that seems to defy classifying.

Author: P.J. Murphy

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786499595

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

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What do Bono, Seinfeld and Apple have in common? Nothing. However, it's the nothing of Samuel Beckett, which is something. Bold and provocative, Beckett's works and even his image are a potent force in modern society. Shoes, marketing, baby names--all fall under his spell. This collection of new essays (one exception) finds him incorporated into virtually all aspects of popular culture--television, popular fiction, movies, tattoos, even sports--in a manner that seems to defy classifying. Is it image-making or image-taking? Why is our culture so obsessed with an obscure Irish writer most people have not read? Each essay provides a unique appraisal of Beckett's branding.
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Powerless Fictions

... and American Fiction in the Age of Postmodernism Ricardo Miguel-Alfonso. reading in the book however is one I will eschew . I am more interested in how it considers the form and ideology of popular fiction , film and journalism as ...

Author: Ricardo Miguel-Alfonso

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9042000716

Category: Social Science

Page: 221

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Mass Culture and Everyday Life

Even the discourse of recent years on postmodern culture is , as a discourse on , easily assimilated back into a ... Thus , the film semiotician who might want to gain knowledge over contemporary popular cinema might discover that he ...

Author: Peter Gibian

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415916755

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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Mass Culture and Everyday Life is a collection culled from over fifteen years of lively writing by the contributors to Tabloid, a small but seminal journal that emerged during the first wave of cultural studies in North America. Combining a selection of original Tabloid pieces with a wide range of new work by this group of critics, this book provides a fascinating overview of developments in one of the most vital new academic fields - the study of mass culture as it transforms "everyday life."
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A Companion to Crime Fiction

His most recent publications focus on criminal self-representation in African-American popular culture. ... of stalking in literature and film and The Cambridge Introduction to Postmodern Fiction (Cambridge University Press, 2009).

Author: Charles J. Rzepka

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781119675778

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 552

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A Companion to Crime Fiction presents the definitive guide to this popular genre from its origins in the eighteenth century to the present day A collection of forty-seven newly commissioned essays from a team of leading scholars across the globe make this Companion the definitive guide to crime fiction Follows the development of the genre from its origins in the eighteenth century through to its phenomenal present day popularity Features full-length critical essays on the most significant authors and film-makers, from Arthur Conan Doyle and Dashiell Hammett to Alfred Hitchcock and Martin Scorsese exploring the ways in which they have shaped and influenced the field Includes extensive references to the most up-to-date scholarship, and a comprehensive bibliography
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Handbook of Research on Consumption Media and Popular Culture in the Global Age

Popular Culture Genres: Theories and Texts. ... Postmodern Hollywood: What's New in Film and Why It Makes Us Feel So Strange. ... Narrative Strategies: Original Essays in Film and Prose Fiction (An Essays in Literature Book).

Author: Ozgen, Ozlen

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN: 9781522584926

Category: Social Science

Page: 454

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The mass production and diversification of media have accelerated the development of popular culture. This has started a new trend in consumerism of desiring new consumption objects and devaluing those consumption objects once acquired, thus creating a constant demand for new items. Pop culture now canalizes consumerism both with advertising and the marketing of consumerist lifestyles, which are disseminated in the mass media. The Handbook of Research on Consumption, Media, and Popular Culture in the Global Age discusses interdisciplinary perspectives on media influence and consumer impacts in a globalizing world due to modern communication technology. Featuring research on topics such as consumer culture, communication ethics, and social media, this book is ideally designed for managers, marketers, researchers, academicians, and students.
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Fiction Film and Indian Popular Cinema

Salman Rushdie's Novels and the Cinematic Imagination Florian Stadtler. cinema. I asked Rushdie to clarify the influence of cinema and Indian popular cinema on his writing at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August 2005.

Author: Florian Stadtler

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135964306

Category: Literary Criticism

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This book analyses the novels of Salman Rushdie and their stylistic conventions in the context of Indian popular cinema and its role in the elaboration of the author’s arguments about post-independence postcolonial India. Focusing on different genres of Indian popular cinema, such as the ‘Social’, ‘Mythological’ and ‘Historical’, Stadtler examines how Rushdie’s writing foregrounds the epic, the mythic, the tragic and the comic, linking them in storylines narrated in cinematic parameters. The book shows that Indian popular cinema’s syncretism becomes an aesthetic marker in Rushdie’s fiction that allows him to elaborate on the multiplicity of Indian identity, both on the subcontinent and abroad, and illustrates how Rushdie uses Indian popular cinema in his narratives to express an aesthetics of hybridity and a particular conceptualization of culture with which ‘India’ has become identified in a global context. Also highlighted are Rushdie’s uses of cinema to inflect his reading of India as a pluralist nation and of the hybrid space occupied by the Indian diaspora across the world. The book connects Rushdie’s storylines with modes of cinematic representation to explore questions about the role, place and space of the individual in relation to a fast-changing social, economic and political space in India and the wider world.
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Precarious Labour and the Contemporary Novel

to see the presentation of contingent relations as commingling realism with postmodernism. ... could be seen to represent a further blurring of styles as the novel clearly collapses the lines between literary and popular fiction in ways ...

Author: Liam Connell

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319639284

Category: Literary Criticism

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This book is a major study of the presentation of work and workers in contemporary novels from India, North America and the UK. Drawing on lively recent theories about work, it shows how the novel is a crucial form for helping us to understand what work means in contemporary society. It tackles some of the most urgent questions of contemporary life by examining the stories about work that novels produce. Including detailed readings of authors such as Douglas Coupland, David Foster Wallace, Joshua Ferris, Arivand Adiga, Chetan Bhagat and Monica Ali it explores how the presentation of fictional characters lays open the experience of insecure and precarious existence in the contemporary era. This study illustrates that novels provide an essential tool for understanding what work is and how we feel when we do it.
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The Cambridge Introduction to Postmodernism

Jameson attributes to postmodern culture a weakening of historicity, yet one of the most typical forms of fiction to emerge during the peak phase is a postmodern mutation of the historical novel. Linda Hutcheon (1988) calls this ...

Author: Brian McHale

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107021259

Category: Literary Criticism

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This Introduction surveys the full spectrum of postmodern culture, from architecture and visual art to fiction, poetry, and drama.
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Teaching towards Democracy with Postmodern and Popular Culture Texts

... quirky – even subaltern, and with the tradition of RPGs stemming from non-classical, popular fiction, ... The importance of drawing upon a variety of different texts – in different forms such as film, comic books and roleplaying ...

Author: Patricia Paugh

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9789462098756

Category: Education

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This edited volume supports implementation of a critical literacy of popular culture for new times. It explores popular and media texts that are meaningful to youth and their lives. It questions how these texts position youth as literate social practitioners. Based on theories of Critical and New Literacies that encourage questioning of social norms, the chapters challenge an audience of teachers, teacher educators, and literacy focused scholars in higher education to creatively integrate popular and media texts into their curriculum. Focal texts include science fiction, dystopian and other youth central novels, picture books that disrupt traditional narratives, graphic novels, video-games, other arts-based texts (film/novel hybrids) and even the lives of youth readers themselves as texts that offer rich possibilities for transformative literacy. Syllabi and concrete examples of classroom practices have been included by each chapter author
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Terminal Identity

"This book should appeal to . . . anyone in the humanities disciplines working within the discourses of postmodernism. The scholarship is absolutely superior."--Vivian Sobchack, author of "Screening Space: The American Science Fiction Film"

Author: Scott Bukatman

Publisher: Durham : Duke University Press

ISBN: STANFORD:36105004436544

Category: Literary Criticism

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Scott Bukatman's Terminal Identity—referring to both the site of the termination of the conventional "subject" and the birth of a new subjectivity constructed at the computer terminal or television screen--puts to rest any lingering doubts of the significance of science fiction in contemporary cultural studies. Demonstrating a comprehensive knowledge, both of the history of science fiction narrative from its earliest origins, and of cultural theory and philosophy, Bukatman redefines the nature of human identity in the Information Age. Drawing on a wide range of contemporary theories of the postmodern—including Fredric Jameson, Donna Haraway, and Jean Baudrillard—Bukatman begins with the proposition that Western culture is suffering a crisis brought on by advanced electronic technologies. Then in a series of chapters richly supported by analyses of literary texts, visual arts, film, video, television, comics, computer games, and graphics, Bukatman takes the reader on an odyssey that traces the postmodern subject from its current crisis, through its close encounters with technology, and finally to new self-recognition. This new "virtual subject," as Bukatman defines it, situates the human and the technological as coexistent, codependent, and mutally defining. Synthesizing the most provocative theories of postmodern culture with a truly encyclopedic treatment of the relevant media, this volume sets a new standard in the study of science fiction—a category that itself may be redefined in light of this work. Bukatman not only offers the most detailed map to date of the intellectual terrain of postmodern technology studies—he arrives at new frontiers, providing a propitious launching point for further inquiries into the relationship of electronic technology and culture.
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