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By Martin Halliwell

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This publication presents a stimulating account of the dominant cultural kinds of Nineteen Fifties the USA: fiction and poetry; theatre and function; movie and tv; tune and radio; and the visible arts. via special remark and centred case reviews 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 booklet examines the way modernism and the chilly conflict supply 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 struggle II and to supply readers with a serious research of 'the 1950s'. The ebook presents an highbrow context for drawing close Nineteen Fifties American tradition and considers the ancient effect of the last decade on contemporary social and cultural advancements. Key Features:Focused case reports that includes key texts, genres, writers, artists and cultural trendsChronology of Fifties American CultureBibliographies for every chapterMore than twenty illustrations

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The copy reads: ‘There’s something really new in the motorcar world – a daringly designed, gorgeously finished Hudson . . a new kind of car that fires interest wherever it’s seen’. Focusing on the late-1940s vogue for low-framed cars that ‘you step down into’ and ‘a rugged, boxsteel foundation frame’ that ‘gives you a sensation of snug safety and serene smooth going’, its appeal to comfort and security is obvious. But compared to the advert for the ‘custom built’ 1953 Buick Roadmaster with its large colour image of a sleek, aerodynamic and space-age vehicle (gleaming chrome bodywork and bright red upholstery) driven through the milky way by a handsome tuxedoed driver, the 1948 Hudson looks like a bulky funeral car.

Vestiges of this position were still evident in the 1950s: the emergence of ‘mass culture’ after the war stimulated some critics to affirm high art as a means for educating readers and securing social order, while for others it helped to ward off foreign threats, expressed most dramatically by J. 20 A third view of culture in the 1950s was a privileged realm of activity at a remove from everyday life. This view locates culture as a specialist activity in which the talented few engage: Jack Kerouac lost in his spontaneous ‘typewriter jazz’ or Jackson Pollock surrendering his artistic intentions to his semi-autonomous drip paintings.

The hard economic experiences of the Depression and close-range combat of World War II soldiers fighting for a just cause were favourably contrasted to shallow suburban lifestyles, television quiz shows and the easy musical sentiments of the Billboard charts. The image of the ‘phoney’ runs through 1950s literature: from Holden Caulfield’s concerns about the lack of authenticity in The Catcher in the Rye (1951) and Norman Mailer’s exposure of shallow Hollywood culture in The Deer Park (1955), to the hidden identity of the carefree socialite Holly Golightly in Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1958) and the lack of authentic religion in the South as portrayed by Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood (1952).

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