As we write this letter, we are confronted with the difficulty of narrative, of weaving together seemingly disparate articles with distinct subject matter: Satyajit Ray and John Carpenter, historical biography and Squid Game. Yet thematically, narrative recurs throughout this issue as a configuring principle. Indeed, much of what locates popular culture depends on the idea of mass narrative, of storytelling to the masses. After all, popular culture underwent a revaluation within the context of postmodernity. Although the sidelining of popular culture had been challenged before, the postmodern social condition was one that affirmed the multiplicity of narratives. While much of high modernist culture and the avant-garde aimed to break or efface narrative form, a tendency emerged amid postmodernity that underscored the epistemological and communicative significance of narrative. Popular culture, then, is partially definable by the ease of narrative identification.

As alluded to, every article in this issue bears witness...

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