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By Martin Halliwell

ISBN-10: 0748618848

ISBN-13: 9780748618842

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This ebook offers a stimulating account of the dominant cultural different types of Nineteen Fifties the USA: fiction and poetry; theatre and function; movie and tv; song and radio; and the visible arts. via designated statement and concentrated case reviews of influential texts and occasions -- from Invisible guy to West facet tale, from Disneyland to the Seattle World's reasonable, from Rear Window to The americans -- the ebook examines the way modernism and the chilly struggle provide frames of reference for knowing the trajectory of postwar culture.The middle goals of this quantity are to chart the altering complexion of yankee tradition within the years following global conflict II and to supply readers with a severe research of 'the 1950s'. The booklet offers an highbrow context for forthcoming Fifties American tradition and considers the ancient influence of the last decade on contemporary social and cultural advancements. Key Features:Focused case stories that includes key texts, genres, writers, artists and cultural trendsChronology of Fifties American CultureBibliographies for every chapterMore than twenty illustrations

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It is also possible to mount an argument to suggest that the ‘soft power’ of cold war culture fulfilled the job of promoting values of democracy and freedom of expression abroad in such organizations as the International Congress for Cultural Freedom, where the ‘hard power’ of politics, coercion and warfare might have had the opposite effect. It is the legacy of the 1960s to search for conspiracies and subtexts where they may not exist; from this perspective containment is evident in almost every aspect of domestic, political and cultural life in the 1950s.

This view was consolidated by the first wave of scholars that helped form American Studies as an academic discipline after the war: the socalled ‘Myth and Symbol School’. Enquiries into the American ‘character’ and ‘mind’ in an attempt to identify dominant national traits began before the war with Perry Miller’s The New England Mind The Intellectual Context 13 (1939) and F. O. Matthiessen’s The American Renaissance (1941), and continued afterwards with exceptionalist accounts of American national origins such as Henry Nash Smith’s Virgin Land (1950) and R.

65 Other critics such as David Riesman, Arthur Schlesinger and Leslie Fiedler offered more modulated responses. Fiedler claimed that the separation of affirmative and oppositional currents was actually a false distinction: Americans have always held these two views at the same time. Despite the general consensus, there were some outright rejections of the editors’ premise, with some arguing that the critic’s role is always to oppose the cultural establishment. Irving Howe, Norman Mailer and C. Wright Mills (all three to become important figures in the New Left in the early 1960s) stood firm as nonconformists suspicious of the lures of American culture, believing that to give up a critical stance would be to surrender to the reckless course of postwar capitalism.

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