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The post-utopian imagination : American culture in the long 1950s

Author: M Keith Booker
Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2002.
Series: Contributions to the study of American literature, no. 13.
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In America, the long 1950s were marked by an intense skepticism toward utopian alternatives to the existing capitalist order. This skepticism was closely related to the climate of the Cold War, in which the demonization of socialism contributed to a dismissal of all alternatives to capitalism. This book studies how American novels and films of the long 1950s reflect the loss of the utopian imagination and mirror the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Booker, M. Keith.
Post-utopian imagination.
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2002
(DLC) 2001050100
(OCoLC)47989985
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: M Keith Booker
ISBN: 9780313076350 0313076359
OCLC Number: 652213634
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (226 pages).
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Introduction: America as utopia --
or not --
"Soiled, torn, and dead": the bleak vision of American literary fiction in the long 1950s --
Un-American activities: American realism and the utopian imagination of leftist fiction in the long 1950s --
Monsters, cowboys, and criminals: Jim Thompson and the dark turn in American popular culture in the long 1950s --
American film in the long 1950s: from Hitchcock to Disney.
Series Title: Contributions to the study of American literature, no. 13.
Responsibility: M. Keith Booker.

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In America, the long 1950s were marked by an intense skepticism toward utopian alternatives to the existing capitalist order. This skepticism was closely related to the climate of the Cold War, in which the demonization of socialism contributed to a dismissal of all alternatives to capitalism. This book studies how American novels and films of the long 1950s reflect the loss of the utopian imagination and mirror the growing concern that capitalism brought routinization, alienation, and other dehumanizing consequences. The volume relates the decline of the utopian vision to the rise of late cap.

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