“The Man for His Time” The Big Lebowski as Carnivalesque Social Critique

  title={“The Man for His Time” The Big Lebowski as Carnivalesque Social Critique},
  author={Paul Martin and Valerie R. Renegar},
  journal={Communication Studies},
  pages={299 - 313}
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