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Best-sellers and their film adaptations in postwar America : From here to eternity, Sayonara, Giant, Auntie Mame, Peyton Place

Author: Jane Hendler
Publisher: New York : P. Lang, ©2001.
Series: Modern American literature (New York, N.Y.), v. 28.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Best-Sellers and Their Film Adaptations in Postwar America looks at some of the most popular novels of the 1950s and examines how their representations of gender identity and conflict dispute and re-imagine the dominant constructions of masculinity and femininity in postwar culture. Working with the claim that gender identity emerged as a primary signifier of national identity within Cold War ideology, Jane Hendler
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Film adaptations
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jane Hendler
ISBN: 0820452106 9780820452104
OCLC Number: 44841545
Description: ix, 276 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: The Fifties Best-Seller: Texts, Contexts, and Gender Identity in the Postwar Era --
Masculinity and Male Power in James Jones's 'From Here to Eternity' --
"Madame Butterfly with a Social Conscience": Gender, Race, and National Identity in James Michener's 'Sayonara' --
"Slipping from under Me Like a Loose Saddle": The Degeneration of Dynasty in Edna Ferber's 'Giant' --
Contesting the Feminine Mystique: Gender Performance and Female Identity in Patrick Dennis's 'Auntie Mame' --
"Damned and Banned": Female Sexuality in Grace Metalious's 'Peyton Place'.
Series Title: Modern American literature (New York, N.Y.), v. 28.
Responsibility: Jane Hendler.

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"Best-Sellers and Their Film Adaptations in Postwar America looks at some of the most popular novels of the 1950s and examines how their representations of gender identity and conflict dispute and re-imagine the dominant constructions of masculinity and femininity in postwar culture. Working with the claim that gender identity emerged as a primary signifier of national identity within Cold War ideology, Jane Hendler provides a detailed, illuminating analysis of how five best-sellers and their film adaptations address a range of intersecting historical issues, including communist containment, corporate culture, family life, and race relations, all of which were integrally linked to gender and key issues of American identity.

Each chapter offers compelling, layered readings of the multiple social discourses that fed into the production and reception of these texts that will interest readers in film, gender, and cultural studies."--Jacket.

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