9780879725723

Popular Culture : An Introductory Text

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    9780879725723

  • ISBN10:

    0879725729

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1992-10-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Pr
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Summary

Popular Culture: An Introductory Textprovides the means for a new examination of the different faces of the American character in both its historical and contemporary identities. The text is highlighted by a series of extensive introductions to various categories of popular culture and by essays that demonstrate how the methods discussed in the introductions can be applied. This volume is an exciting beginning for the study of the materials of everyday life that define our culture and confirm our individual senses of identity.

Table of Contents

Getting to Know Us An Introduction to the Study of Popular Culture: What is this Stuff that Dreams are Made Of? 1(37)
Section 1 37(44)
Taking Popular Culture Seriously
38(1)
Seeing What We've Said: The Top Ten American Box-Office Hits Taken Seriously
39(16)
Kevin Lause
How Much Can You Swallow?
55(3)
Mark Crispin Miller
New Legends for Old
58(10)
Jan Harold Brunvand
The Cabinet of Dr. Seuss
68(13)
Alison Lurie
Section 2 81(86)
Songs of the Unseen Road: Myths, Beliefs and Values in Popular Culture
82(28)
Four Morality Tales
110(11)
Robert Reich
Culture and Continuity: Three American Myths in the Prints of Currier & Ives
121(13)
Jack Nachbar
The American Myth of Success: Visions and Revisions
134(15)
Madonna Marsden
Endless Love Will Keep Us Together: The Myth of Romantic Love and Contemporary Popular Movie Love Themes
149(18)
Crystal Kile
Section 3 167(68)
Living in the Material World: The Meaning and Power of Popular Icons
169(17)
For Whom the Bell Tolled
186(10)
Phil Patton
The Malling of America
196(15)
William Severini Kowinski
``Seen Through Rose-Tinted Glasses'': The Barbie Doll in American Society
211(24)
Marilyn Ferris Motz
Section 4 235(78)
Breaking the Mold: The Meaning and Significance of Stereotypes in Popular Culture
236(9)
The VALS Typology
245(17)
Arnold Mitchell
From the Plantation to Bel-Air: A Brief History of Black Stereotypes
262(15)
Christopher D. Geist
Angela M.S. Nelson
Yellow Devil Doctors and Opium Dens: The Yellow Peril Stereotype in Mass Media Entertainment
277(15)
Gary Hoppenstand
One Size Does Not Fit All: Being Beautiful, Thin and Female in America
292(21)
Jane Caputi
Susan Nance
Section 5 313(62)
Look! Up in the Sky! (And Right Next Door): Popular Heroes in America
314(30)
What Makes Superman So Darned American?
Gary Engle
Henry Ford: Symbol of an Age
344(9)
Roderick Nash
The Rap on Rap
353(13)
David Samuels
The Wretched of the Hearth: The Undainty Feminism of Roseanne Arnold
366(9)
Barbara Ehrenreich
Section 6 375(38)
All Together Now: Popular Rituals in America
376(11)
Family Reunion
387(16)
Jean Fields
Game Day U.S.A.
The South
392(5)
Willie Morris
The Midwest
397(3)
Frank Conroy
The West
400(3)
Richard Hoffer
Halloween: Rite of Season, Rite of Passage
403(10)
Jack Santino
Section 7 413(76)
Would You Repeat That---Please!: The Meaningful Delights of Formula in the Popular Arts
414(16)
The Western
430(15)
Thomas Schatz
Television Soap Opera: ``Incest, Bigamy, and Fatal Disease''
445(18)
Charles Derry
Monster Movies: A Sexual Theory
463(13)
Walter Evans
Magic and Transformation: Relationships in Popular Romance Novels, 1950 to the 1980s
476(13)
Rita C. Hubbard
Section 8 489(1)
Thirteenth Generation Born: 1961-1981
490
William Strauss
Neil Howe

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