Approaches to American Cultural Studies by Antje Dallmann, Eva Boesenberg, Martin Klepper

By Antje Dallmann, Eva Boesenberg, Martin Klepper

Written and edited via a global crew of authors dependent essentially in Europe, the e-book is split into 4 thematically-organised sections. the 1st half delineates the evolution of yank stories over the process the 20 th century, the second one elaborates on how American reviews as a box is situated in the wider humanities, and the 3rd inspects and deconstructs well known tropes equivalent to myths of the West, the self-made guy, happen future, and representations of the President of the U.S.. The fourth half introduces theories of society resembling structuralism and deconstruction, queer and transgender theories, border and hemispheric reports, and demanding race thought which are really influential inside American experiences.

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Mad Men is cautious in its judgments of the depicted characters and issues, as we hardly ever are given a clear-cut “message”; instead, audiences have to make up their own minds. This general 42 Christina Wald approach, which is one of the main attractions of the show, also applies to its portrayal of advertisements, which Williams has called “the official art of modern capitalist society” (“Advertising” 421). Are we meant to take a critical view of the frequently ruthless advertisement campaigns, for instance when they deliberately try to conceal the harmful impact of cigarettes?

What is more, when trying to represent memories, cultural products often use slightly outdated media; for example, black-and-white videos or a super 8-film in a color movie – or, indeed, slides in a TV series. ” What is interesting about Don Draper’s slide show is that it is left open whether he shares the sentimental longing that he evokes. Does he yearn for the depicted happy days of his picture-perfect family life, such as the wedding, the pregnancy of his wife, and the birth of his children?

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