9780199927661

Sensing the Past Hollywood Stars and Historical Visions

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    9780199927661

  • ISBN10:

    0199927669

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/9/2013
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Summary

How do perceptions of the past--not just of particular events, but of the trajectory of history as a whole--shape our experience of the world?Sensing the Pasttackles this question with an unlikely source of historical insight--the work of six major Hollywood stars: Clint Eastwood, Daniel Day-Lewis, Denzel Washington, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, and Jodie Foster. By focusing on the career choices made by these iconic actors, Cullen uncovers a discrete set of historical narratives, revealing the surprising ways historical forces shape our understanding of the world.

Author Biography


Jim Cullen teaches history at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York City. He is the author of The American Dream: A Short History of an Idea that Shaped a Nation, Born in the U.S.A.: Bruce Springsteen and the American Tradition, and other books. Cullen is also a book review editor at the History News Network. He lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Tending to the Flock: Clint Eastwood, Ambivalent Wanderer
Daniel Day-Lewis and the Frontier in American History
Equal Work: The Mystique of Meryl Streep
Denzel Washington, Affirmative Actor
Team Player: Tom Hanks, Company Man
The Brave One: Jodie Foster, American Loner
Index
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