By Jennifer Gillan
In this follow-up to her profitable earlier ebook, Television and New Media: Must-Click TV, Gillan offers important insights into television’s position within the growth of a brand-centric U.S. culture.
By Pamela Douglas
By Derek Nystrom
Hard Hats, Rednecks, and Macho Men argues that the chronic visual appeal of working-class characters in those and different movies of the Nineteen Seventies finds the strong position category performed within the key social and political advancements of the last decade, akin to the decline of the recent Left and counterculture, the re-emergence of the South because the Sunbelt, and the increase of the women's and homosexual liberation pursuits. reading the "youth cult" movie, the neo-Western "southern," and the "new nightlife" movie, Nystrom exhibits how those cinematic renderings of white working-class masculinity really let us know extra concerning the crises dealing with the center classification in the course of the Nineteen Seventies than approximately working-class adventure itself. Hard Hats therefore demonstrates how those representations of the operating type function fantasies a couple of type Other-fantasies that supply imaginary resolutions to middle-class anxieties provoked via the decade's upheavals.
Drawing on examples of iconic movies from the era-Saturday evening Fever, Cruising, 5 effortless Pieces, and Walking Tall, between others-Nystrom offers an incisive, evocative learn of sophistication and American cinema in the course of one of many nation's such a lot tumultuous decades.
By Victoria J. O'Donnell
By Timothy Havens
By Eva Novrup Redvall
By Garry Berman
The nice comics of Vaudeville, silent video clips, talkies and sound movies, radio, television, and stand-up convey reviews on a number of issues similar to Comedy as artwork, The Vaudevillians, The Silent motion pictures Comedians, The Golden Age of Talkies, The Radio experts, The battle Years and past, the tv Legends, Stand-up Comedians, and Comedians as Actors.
Contributors contain Abbott & Costello, Fred Allen, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Woody Allen, Morey Amsterday, Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, Lucille Ball, Jack Benny, Fanny Brice, Mel Brooks, Jim Carrey, Charlie Chaplin, Ellen DeGeneres, W. C. Fields, Whoopi Goldberg, Oliver Hardy, Buster Keaton, Stan Laurel, Jerry Lewis, The Marx Brothers, Joan Rivers, Hal Roach, Jerry Seinfeld, and Dick Van Dyke, between others.
They have all had a lot to assert in the course of the a long time concerning the artwork of constructing humans snicker. As they attest, their activity isn't all enjoyable and video games. here's an interesting, academic, and thought-provoking number of observations and evaluations by way of mythical comedians and present favorites. while the highlight is off, they take their comedy heavily, they usually proportion their wisdom, jealousies, disasters, and triumphs whilst talking among the laughs.
130 pages, a Bibliography, and an Index. Illustrated.
About the Editor
Garry Berman is a popular culture historian, whose past books comprise better of the Britcoms, We’re Going to determine The Beatles!, and ideal idiot: The lifestyles and profession of Ed Wynn. He lives in New Jersey along with his spouse Karen and their spoiled dogs.
By Bob Leszczak
By Jessica K. Sklar,Elizabeth S. Sklar
during this number of new essays, participants think about the position of math in every thing from motion pictures, baseball, crossword puzzles, fable role-playing video games, and tv exhibits to technology fiction stories, award-winning performs and vintage works of literature. Revealing the wide diversity of intersections among arithmetic and mainstream tradition, this assortment demonstrates that even “mass leisure” could have a hidden depth.
By Bernard Graham Shaw