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Twitchell, James B. 1943-

Overview
Works: 30 works in 181 publications in 3 languages and 18,397 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Social problem films 
Roles: Author, Commentator
Classifications: HF5813.U6, 306.4
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by James B Twitchell
Adcult USA : the triumph of advertising in American culture by James B Twitchell( Book )

11 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and French and held by 1,374 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why advertising has become the dominant meaning-making system in American culture and satisfies our desires in fundamental ways
20 ads that shook the world : the century's most groundbreaking advertising and how it changed us all by James B Twitchell( Book )

25 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and Chinese and held by 1,353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Like it or not, commercial speech - advertising - makes up most of what we share as a culture. We live in a time when the vast majority of Americans can recite, almost without thinking about it, the ingredients of a McDonald's Big Mac but would be hard-pressed to do the same with, say, a line or two of Wordsworth's poetry. It's with this in mind that James B. Twitchell, one of the most respected advertising scholars and pundits, and the author of the classic advertising text Adcult USA, has chosen the twenty ads (complete with their artwork) of the twentieth century that have most influenced our culture and marketplace." "Each ad and its overall campaign are deconstructed; we see firsthand how and why they are created, which needs they address, what boundaries they break. And we meet the geniuses of the business - Rosser Reeves, Leo Burnett, David Oglivy, Claude Hopkins - and learn what made them tick."--Jacket
Carnival culture : the trashing of taste in America by James B Twitchell( Book )

11 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 1,079 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the changes in publishing, movie making, and television programming since the 1960s that have affected Americans' tastes
Dreadful pleasures : an anatomy of modern horror by James B Twitchell( Book )

11 editions published between 1985 and 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,026 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lead us into temptation : the triumph of American materialism by James B Twitchell( Book )

8 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 999 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We live in a commercial age, awash in a sea of brand names and advertising jingles. Twichell takes a witty and unflinching look at our commercial culture, and concludes that consumerism holds us together as a society
Branded nation : the marketing of megachurch, college, inc., and museumworld by James B Twitchell( Book )

13 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and held by 964 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A social analysis of the impact of branding discusses how ordinary companies and products have become symbols of American power and had a pervasive affect on higher cultural institutions, including the church, universities, and museums
Preposterous violence : fables of aggression in modern culture by James B Twitchell( Book )

8 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 955 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Living it up : our love affair with luxury by James B Twitchell( Book )

9 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and held by 855 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cites the evolution of luxury-based consumerism in America, seeking to define the category itself while considering luxury from a manufacturing and customer perspective and drawing conclusions on the economic impact of luxury spending
Forbidden partners : the incest taboo in modern culture by James B Twitchell( Book )

12 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 820 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The living dead : a study of the vampire in Romantic literature by James B Twitchell( Book )

14 editions published between 1981 and 1997 in English and held by 799 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In his Preface to The Living Dead: A Study of the Vampire in Romantic Literature, James Twitchell writes that he is not interested in the current generation of vampires, which he finds "rude, boring and hopelessly adolescent. However, they have not always been this way. In fact, a century ago they were often quite sophisticated, used by artists varied as Blake, Poe, Coleridge, the Brontes, Shelley, and Keats, to explain aspects of interpersonal relations. However vulgar the vampire has since become, it is important to remember that along with the Frankenstein monster, the vampire is one of the major mythic figures bequeathed to us by the English Romantics. Simply in terms of cultural influence and currency, the vampire is far more important than any other nineteenth-century archetypes; in fact, he is probably the most enduring and prolific mythic figure we have. This book traces the vampire out of folklore into serious art until he stabilizes early in this century into the character we all too easily recognize. - Book Jacket
Where men hide by James B Twitchell( Book )

8 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 694 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Where Men Hide is a spirited tour of the dark and often dirty places men go to find comfort, camaraderie, relaxation, and escape. Ken Ross's striking photographs and James Twitchell's lively analysis trace the evolution of these virtual caves, and question why they are rapidly disappearing. Ross documents both traditional and contemporary male haunts, such as bars, barbershops, lodges, pool halls, strip clubs, garages, deer camps, megachurches, the basement Barcalounger, and Twitchell examines their provenance, purpose, and appeal. -- BOOK JACKET
Romantic horizons : aspects of the sublime in English poetry and painting, 1770-1850 by James B Twitchell( Book )

10 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 679 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shopping for God : how Christianity went from in your heart to in your face by James B Twitchell( Book )

6 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and held by 547 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Not so long ago religion was a personal matter that was seldom discussed in public. No longer. Today religion is everywhere, from books to movies to television to the internet--to say nothing about politics. Now religion is marketed and advertised like any other product or service. How did this happen? And what does it mean for religion and for our culture? Just as we shop for goods and services, we shop for church. A couple of generations ago Americans remained in the faith they were born into. Today, many Americans change their denomination or religion, sometimes several times. Churches that know how to appeal to those shopping for God are thriving. Think megachurches. Churches that don't know how to do this or don't bother are fading away. Think mainline Protestant churches. Religion is now celebrated and shown off like a fashion accessory. We can wear our religious affiliation like a designer logo. But, says James Twitchell, this isn't because Americans are undergoing another Great Awakening; rather, it's a sign that religion providers--that is, churches--have learned how to market themselves. There is more competition among churches than ever in our history. Filling the pew is an exercise in salesmanship, and as with any marketing campaign, it requires establishing a brand identity. Successful pastors ("pastorpreneurs," Twitchell calls them) know how to speak the language of Madison Avenue as well as the language of the Bible. In this book, Twitchell describes his own experiences trying out different churches to discover who knows how to "do church" well. He takes readers into the land of karaoke Christianity, where old-style contemplative sedate religion has been transformed into a public, interactive event with giant-screen televisions, generic iconography, and ample parking. --From publisher's description
For shame : the loss of common decency in American culture by James B Twitchell( Book )

7 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 499 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shop 'til you drop the crisis of consumerism( Visual )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Are we too materialistic? Are we willfully trashing the planet in our pursuit of things? And what's the source of all this frenetic consumer energy and desire anyway? In a fast-paced tour of the ecological and psychological terrain of American consumer culture, Shop 'Til You Drop challenges us to confront these questions head-on. Taking aim at the high-stress, high-octane pace of fast-lane materialism, the film moves beneath the seductive surfaces of the commercial world to show how the flip side of accumulation is depletion -- the slow, steady erosion of both natural resources and basic human values. In the end, Shop 'Til You Drop helps us make sense of the economic turbulence of the moment, providing an unflinching, riveting look at the relationship between the limits of consumerism and our never-ending pursuit of happiness"--Container
Winnebago nation : the RV in American culture by James B Twitchell( Book )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 277 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Winnebago Nation, popular critic James B. Twitchell takes a light-hearted look at the culture and industry behind the yearning to spend the night in one's car. For the young the road trip is a coming-of-age ceremony; for those later in life it is the realization of a lifelong desire to be spontaneous, nomadic, and free. Informed by his own experiences on the road, Twitchell recounts the RV's origins and evolution over the twentieth century; its rise, fall, and rebirth as a cultural icon; its growing mechanical complexity as it evolved from an estate wagon to a converted bus to a mobile home; and its role in bolstering and challenging conceptions of American identity. Mechanical yet dreamy, independent yet needful, solitary yet clubby, adventurous yet homebound, life in a mobile home is a distillation of the American character and an important embodiment of American exceptionalism, (Richie Rich and Hobo Hank spend time in essentially the same rig at the same campground, albeit for different reasons and in different levels of comfort.) The frontier may be tapped out but we still yearn for the exploratory life. Twitchell concludes with his thoughts on the future of RV communities and the possibility of mobile cities becoming a real part of the American landscape
Living it up : America's love affair with luxury by James B Twitchell( Book )

5 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mars Hill tapes 21 : May/June 1996( Recording )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Branded nation : our love affair with luxury by James B Twitchell( Book )

2 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Voluntary simplicity : responding to consumer culture by Daniel Doherty( )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the past fifty years, the standard of living in most industrialized nations has risen dramatically, but the number of people describing themselves as content has remained steady or fallen. The result has been a growing desire to regain some of the virtues of simpler times, whether by forgoing luxuries, switching careers, or returning to nature. These essays reflect on the different facets of 'voluntary simplicity' and consumer culture, providing an historic view of the movement as well as a social-scientific analysis of its causes and effects
 
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Adcult USA : the triumph of advertising in American culture
Alternative Names
James B. Twitchell American writer

Twitchell, James.

Languages
English (165)

Chinese (3)

French (1)

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20 ads that shook the world : the century's most groundbreaking advertising and how it changed us allCarnival culture : the trashing of taste in AmericaDreadful pleasures : an anatomy of modern horrorLead us into temptation : the triumph of American materialismBranded nation : the marketing of megachurch, college, inc., and museumworldPreposterous violence : fables of aggression in modern cultureLiving it up : our love affair with luxuryWhere men hide