By Martin Halliwell
This booklet offers a stimulating account of the dominant cultural types of Fifties the US: fiction and poetry; theatre and function; movie and tv; song and radio; and the visible arts. via targeted statement and concentrated case experiences of influential texts and occasions -- from Invisible guy to West part tale, from Disneyland to the Seattle World's reasonable, from Rear Window to The americans -- the e-book examines the way modernism and the chilly battle provide frames of reference for figuring out the trajectory of postwar culture.The middle goals of this quantity are to chart the altering complexion of yank tradition within the years following global battle II and to supply readers with a serious research of 'the 1950s'. The publication presents an highbrow context for forthcoming Fifties American tradition and considers the ancient impression of the last decade on contemporary social and cultural advancements. Key Features:Focused case reviews that includes key texts, genres, writers, artists and cultural trendsChronology of Nineteen Fifties American CultureBibliographies for every chapterMore than twenty illustrations
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This British tradition goes back at least as far as the Victorian encounter with the forces of industrialization. Although the US Labor Movement had grown apace since the late nineteenth century, and had made real steps forward in achieving workers’ rights during the 1930s, it had never shaped the direction of culture to the extent of in Britain. American culture at mid-century was seen variously as everything that people do, but also a special sphere of creative activity for artists, writers, musicians and performers.
The word ‘culture’ figured frequently in postwar writings, but was a slippery term, which can be approached from at least four different perspectives. Firstly, it was often used as a marker of national identity. 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.
Public scepticism for ideas runs through the decade: from the ridiculing of Adlai Stevenson as an egghead, to the shift from Abstract Expressionism to an aesthetic interest in manufactured goods in the mid-1950s, to a film 24 American Culture in the 1950s like MGM’s The Band Wagon (1953) in which Fred Astaire’s songand-dance routine is portrayed as more authentic than a theatrical revival of Faust. One argument would be that the democratization of culture facilitated a shift from highbrow to middlebrow and increased the accessibility of cultural products.
American Culture in the 1950s (Twentieth Century American Culture S.) by Martin Halliwell