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Tichi, Cecelia 1942-

Works: 30 works in 180 publications in 2 languages and 12,659 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  History  Case studies  Feminist fiction  Sources  Local history  Utopian fiction  Forecasts 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Author of introduction, Contributor
Classifications: CT275.C3, 813.4
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Publications about Cecelia Tichi
Publications by Cecelia Tichi
Most widely held works by Cecelia Tichi
Electronic hearth : creating an American television culture by Cecelia Tichi( Book )
26 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,192 libraries worldwide
We all talk about the "tube" or "box," as if television were simply another appliance like the refrigerator or toaster oven. But Cecilia Tichi argues that TV is actually an environment--a pervasive screen-world that saturates almost every aspect of modern life. In Electronic Hearth, she looks at how that environment evolved, and how it, in turn, has shaped the American experience. Tichi explores almost fifty years of writing about television--in novels, cartoons, journalism, advertising, and critical books and articles--to define the role of television in the American consciousness. She examines early TV advertising to show how the industry tried to position the new device as not just a gadget but a prestigious new piece of furniture, a highly prized addition to the home. The television set, she writes, has emerged as a new electronic hearth--the center of family activity. John Updike described this "primitive appeal of the hearth" in Roger's Version: "Television is--its irresistable charm--a fire. Entering an empty room, we turn it on, and a talking face flares into being." Sitting in front of the TV, Americans exist in a safety zone, free from the hostility and violence of the outside world. She also discusses long-standing suspicions of TV viewing: its often solitary, almost autoerotic character, its supposed numbing of the minds and imagination of children, and assertions that watching television drugs the minds of Americans. Television has been seen as treacherous territory for public figures, from generals to presidents, where satire and broadcast journalism often deflate their authority. And the print culture of journalism and book publishing has waged a decades-long war of survival against it--only to see new TV generations embrace both the box and the book as a part of their cultural world. In today's culture, she writes, we have become "teleconscious"--Seeing, for example, real life being certified through television ("as seen on TV"), and television constantly ratified through its universal presence in art, movies, music, comic strips, fabric prints, and even references to TV on TV. Ranging far beyond the bounds of the broadcast industry, Tichi provides a history of contemporary American culture, a culture defined by the television environment. Intensively researched and insightfully written, The Electronic Hearth offers a new understanding of a critical, but much-maligned, aspect of modern life
New world, new earth : environmental reform in American literature from the Puritans through Whitman by Cecelia Tichi( Book )
11 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 922 libraries worldwide
Shifting gears : technology, literature, culture in modernist America by Cecelia Tichi( Book )
14 editions published between 1987 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 910 libraries worldwide
High lonesome : the American culture of country music by Cecelia Tichi( Book )
8 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 823 libraries worldwide
"What does the "country" in country music mean? Most interpret country as a regional or folk music that belongs to people in the hills and in honky-tonks, but Cecelia Tichi argues that it is in fact a national music form, one that belongs to all Americans. In High Lonesome, she shows that country music is strongly linked to our nation's literature and art." "Country music, Tichi argues, explores the same themes that have intrigued this country's premier writers and artists over three centuries: the American road, the meaning of home, class struggle, spiritual travail, and the persistent loneliness of the American character. These are obsessions that country music artists like Dolly Parton, Hank Williams, Rodney Crowell, Merle Haggard, and Emmylou Harris share with artists not thought of as "pop"--Ralph Waldo Emerson, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mark Twain, Thomas Cole, Edward Hopper, and Georgia O'Keeffe." "Generously illustrated with photographs of country music artists and images from American art, High Lonesome uses interviews and biographical profiles to present an insider's look at the schooling, customs, demands, and discipline of country music - an art form that Tichi maintains is emphatically part of mainstream American culture." "A compact disc of well-known country songs by leading artists is packaged with the book."--Jacket
Exposés and excess : muckraking in America, 1900/2000 by Cecelia Tichi( Book )
12 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 612 libraries worldwide
"From robber barons to titanic CEOs, from the labor unrest of the 1880s to the mass layoffs of the 1990s, two American Gilded Ages - one in the early 1900s, another in the final years of the twentieth century - mirror each other in their laissez-faire excess and rampant social crises. Both eras have ignited the civic passions of investigative writers who have drafted diagnostic blueprints for urgently needed change. The compelling narratives of the muckrakers - Upton Sinclair, Ida Tarbell, Lincoln Steffens, and Ray Stannard Baker among them - became best-sellers and prize-winners a hundred years ago; today, Cecelia Tichi notes, they have found their worthy successors in writers such as Barbara Ehrenreich, Eric Schlosser, and Naomi Klein." "In Exposes and Excess Tichi explores the two Gilded Ages through the lens of their muckrakers. Drawing from her considerable and wide-ranging work in American studies, Tichi details how the writers of the first muckraking generation used fact-based narratives in magazines such as McClure's to rouse the U.S. public to civic action in an era of unbridled industrial capitalism and fear of the barbarous immigrant "dangerous classes." Offering a damning cultural analysis of the new Gilded Age, Tichi depicts a booming, insecure, fortress America of bulked up baby strollers, McMansion housing, and an obsession with money-as-lifeline in an era of deregulation, yawning income gaps, and idolatry of the market and its rock-star CEOs. No one has captured this period of corrosive boom more acutely than the group of nonfiction writers who burst on the scene in the late 1990s with their exposes of the fast-food industry, the world of low-wage work, inadequate health care, corporate branding, and the multibillion-dollar prison industry. And nowhere have these authors - Ehrenreich, Schlosser, Klein, Laurie Garrett, and Joseph Hallinan - revealed more about their emergence as writers and the connections between journalism and literary narrative than in the rich and insightful interviews that round out the book."--Jacket
Reading country music : steel guitars, Opry stars, and honky-tonk bars ( Book )
6 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 547 libraries worldwide
Looking backward, 2000-1887 by Edward Bellamy( Book )
18 editions published between 1982 and 2004 in English and held by 451 libraries worldwide
A wealthy Bostonian awakes from a hypnotic trance to find himself in a futuristic cooperative commonwealth
Civic passions : seven who launched progressive America (and what they teach us) by Cecelia Tichi( Book )
13 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 431 libraries worldwide
"Civic Passions is a collection of minibiographies, and a user's manual on how a generation of social reformers can turn peril into progress with fresh, workable ideas. Together, these narratives of advocacy provide a stunning precedent of progressive action and show how citizen-activists can engage the problems of the age in imaginative ways. While offering useful models to encourage the nation in a newly progressive direction, Civic Passions reminds us that one determined individual can make a difference."--Jacket
Jack London: a writer's fight for a better America by Cecelia Tichi( Book )
10 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 408 libraries worldwide
"Jack London (1876 -1916) found fame with his wolf-dog tales and sagas of the frozen North, but Cecelia Tichi challenges the longstanding view of London as merely a mass-market producer of potboilers. A onetime child laborer, London led a life of poverty in the Gilded Age before rising to worldwide acclaim for stories, novels, and essays designed to hasten the social, economic, and political advance of America. In this major reinterpretation of London's career, Tichi examines how the beloved writer leveraged his written words as a force for the future" --
Embodiment of a nation : human form in American places by Cecelia Tichi( Book )
15 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 373 libraries worldwide
"From Harriet Beecher Stowe's image of the Mississippi's "bosom" to Henry David Thoreau's vision of Cape Cod as the "bared and bended arm of Massachusetts," the U.S. environment has been recurrently represented in terms of the human body. Exploring such instances of embodiment, Cecelia Tichi exposes the historically varied and often contrary geomorphic expression of a national paradigm. Environmental history as cultural studies, her book plumbs the deep and peculiarly American bond between nationalism, the environment, and the human body." "Tichi disputes the United States' reputation of being "nature's nation." U.S. citizens have effectively screened out nature by projecting the bodies of U.S. citizens upon nature. She pursues this idea by pairing Mt. Rushmore with Walden Pond as competing efforts to locate the head of the American body in nature; Yellowstone's Old Faithful with the Moon as complementary embodiments of the American frontier; and Hot Springs, Arkansas, with Love Canal as contrasting sites of the identification of women and water. A major contribution to current discussions of gender and nature, her book also demonstrates the intellectual power of wedding environmental studies to the social history of the human body."--Jacket
Life in the iron mills by Rebecca Harding Davis( Book )
12 editions published between 1997 and 2006 in English and held by 372 libraries worldwide
This definitive edition reprints the text of Rebecca Harding Davis's Life in the Iron-Mills together with a broad selection of historical and cultural documents that open up the novella to the consideration of a range social and cultural issues vital to Davis's nineteenth century. Special attention is given to nineteenth-century American discussions of work and social class, moral and social reform, the development of American art and industry, and the position of the woman writer
Best of times, worst of times : contemporary American short stories from the new Gilded Age ( Book )
3 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 276 libraries worldwide
A collection of short stories depicting and analyzing key issues in America's "New Gilded Age", a phrase that embodies the glitz and glamour of one of the wealthiest countries in the world but also suggests the greed, corruption, and inequalities teeming just below the surface
What democracy looks like : a new critical realism for a post-Seattle world ( Book )
2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 251 libraries worldwide
The present state of New England : being a narrative of the troubles with the Indians, 1677 by William Hubbard( Book )
2 editions published in 1972 in English and held by 95 libraries worldwide
Readin' country music : steel guitars, opry stars, and honky tonk bars ( Book )
3 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 60 libraries worldwide
The Gilded Age and Progressive era : a historical exploration of literature by Wendy Martin( Book )
6 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 51 libraries worldwide
"This book offers a one-stop reference work covering the Gilded Age and Progressive era that serves teachers and their students. Integrates and aligns material for American literature and social studies curricula. Offers a range of tools to support literary works--analysis, history, document excerpts, and areas for study. Provides historical context for multiple key works of literature on the Gilded Age and Progressive era"--
High lonesome : songs & samples ( Sound Recording )
2 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 41 libraries worldwide
Jack London and the fight for America's future by Cecelia Tichi( Book )
2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 8 libraries worldwide
"Jack London (1876 -1916) found fame with his wolf-dog tales and sagas of the frozen North, but Cecelia Tichi challenges the longstanding view of London as merely a mass-market producer of potboilers. A onetime child laborer, London led a life of poverty in the Gilded Age before rising to worldwide acclaim for stories, novels, and essays designed to hasten the social, economic, and political advance of America. In this major reinterpretation of London's career, Tichi examines how the beloved writer leveraged his written words as a force for the future"--
Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie by Andrew Carnegie( Book )
3 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 6 libraries worldwide
Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie - Popular Edition
The Harper single volume American literature ( Book )
1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 5 libraries worldwide
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