By Lene M. Johannessen
Horizons of appeal is ready the abnormal strength and extraordinary pull of the imaginary in American tradition. Johannessen’s topic this is the just about mystical American trust within the promise and strength of the person, or the reliance on one of those “modern magic” that may loosely be characterised as a primary and unwavering religion within the secular sanctity of the yank venture of modernity. one of the varied subject matters and cultural artifacts she examines are the Norwegian American novel A Saloonkeeper’s Daughter by way of Drude Krog Janson, Walt Whitman’s music of Myself, Rodolfo Gonzales’s i'm Joaquín, Richard Ford’s The Sportwriter, Ana Menéndez’s In Cuba i used to be a German Shepherd, essays by means of Samuel Huntington and Richard Rodriquez, and the 2009 movie Sugar, a few Dominican baseball participant attempting to make it within the sizeable leagues. In either her subject material and standpoint, Johannessen reconfigures and enriches questions of the transnational and unprecedented in American reports.
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Having found his friend, Santos is encouraged to come and play ball in the neighborhood ballpark. Several other players are there when he arrives, and they introduce themselves in a touching and powerful sequence of close-up frames, each listing his name, field position, former minor and major league teams, and country of origin. ”6 The last shot of the movie shows Santos on the bench with an inscrutable look on his face. A quiet smile slowly spreads over his face, perhaps in recognition of a renewed love of the game itself, and, oddly, of the team he has now been drafted onto.
Imaginary and Symbolism Let me backtrack a little. To go on about the magic of the American imaginary would return us squarely within the range of the American dream, to say the least. As I have already suggested, I do not see this as inherently useless, for on some level that dream is the lifeblood of the American imaginary. And it bears repeating that, while all societies are orchestrated according to imaginaries peculiar to [ 21 ] hor izons of enchantment their specificities, not all societies are structured on an idiosyncratically elusive concept such as a dream: to speak of the Swedish dream, the Greek dream, or the Guatemalan dream does not evoke the slightest signification.
In Taylor’s view, embeddedness is inherently linked to enchantment, to the sacred, or to magic, to a sense of self that is porous: “the enchanted world was [ 26 ] The Imaginary one in which these forces could cross a porous boundary and shape our lives, psychic and physical. One of the big differences between us and them is that we live with a much firmer sense of the boundary between self and other. We are ‘buffered’ selves. ”22 We, the moderns, are a new kind of individual, placed among other individuals in new and very differently arranged constellations, and grounded in a rational conception of individualism (which means only a novel way of being an individual, not individualism in the common sense of the word).
Horizons of Enchantment: Essays in the American Imaginary by Lene M. Johannessen