American Cultural Studies: A Reader: A Reader

Paperback | July 1, 2000

EditorJohn Hartley, Roberta E. Pearson

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American Cultural Studies: A Reader shows how the burgeoning field of Cultural Studies has been taken up and developed in the United States. The book is a panorama of great writing and powerful ideas illustrating a particularly American response to questions of power and identity in thepolitics of culture. More than forty selections from key figures in the 'New Journalism', cultural theory, the social sciences, humanities, and visual arts are gathered together in seven sections, each one introduced by helpful contextualising notes. The book also includes illustrations that serve to extend the themesof each section in visual terms. An introductory chapter explains the editorial selection and offers a new account of Cultural Studies and American Studies in relation to American culture. The Epilogue then goes on to suggest new ways of doing Cultural Studies, and of thinking about America in particular, via the Internet.

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American Cultural Studies: A Reader shows how the burgeoning field of Cultural Studies has been taken up and developed in the United States. The book is a panorama of great writing and powerful ideas illustrating a particularly American response to questions of power and identity in thepolitics of culture. More than forty selections ...

John Hartley is Dean of Arts at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. He was formerly head of the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies and Director of the Tom Hopkinson Centre for Media Research at the University of Cardiff. He is the author of numerous books on cultural and media studies, including...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:July 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

John Hartley: Introduction: Cultural Exceptionalism: Freedom, Imperialism, Power, AmericaPart ISection 1: The New Journalism and its LegacyIntroductionTom Wolfe: What if he is right?Susan Sontag: What's happening to America?Stokeley Carmichael: Black is GoodVine Deloria: Indians Today, the Real and the UnrealMarge Piercy: Through the CracksHunter S. Thompson: Songs of the DoomedSection 2: European Cultural Theory and its LegacyIntroductionBetty Friedan: The Sexual Solipsism of Sigmund FreudMarshall McLuhan: Extracts from The Gutenberg GalaxyMarshall Sahlins: Notes on the American Clothing SystemUmberto Eco: Preface to the American Edition and Travels in HyperrealityLawrence Grossberg: Cultural Studies and/in New WorldsSection 3: American Social Science and its LegacyIntroductionElihu Katz: The Return of the Humanities and SociologyJames W. Carey: Mass Communication and Cultural StudiesGeorge Gerbner: Mass Media DiscourseMichael Schudson: The Politics of Narrative FormHorace Newcomb: Television as a Cultural FormSection 4: History and Literature and their LegacyIntroductionWard Churchill: Literature as a Weapon in the Colonisation of the American IndianHouston A. Baker: Handling CrisisCarroll Smith-Rosenberg: Writing History: Language, Class, and GenderRita Felski: The Doxa of DifferenceJanice Radway: What's in a Name?Part IISection 5: IdentitiesIntroductionCindy Patton: Tremble, Hetero Swine!Herman Gray: African-American Political Desire and the Seductions of Contemporary Cultural PoliticsJames Houston and Arjun Appadurai: Cities and CitizenshipJean Franco: Plotting Women. Popular Narratives for Women in the United States and Latin AmericaMarjorie Garber: The Transvestite ContinuumSection 6: PracticesIntroductionAndrew Ross: The Great Un-American Numbers GameGeorge Lipsitz: Land of a Thousand Dances: Youth, Minorities, and the Rise of Rock and RollSusan Willis: Work(ing) OutPaula A. Treichler: Aids, Homophobia and Biomedical DiscourseToby Miller: Extract from Technologies of TruthSection 7: MediaIntroductionJohn Fiske: Popularity and the Politics of InformationLynn Spigel: From Theatre to Space Ship. Methaphors of Suburban Domesticity in Postwar AmericaRobert Stam: Eurocentrism, Polycentrism, and Multicultural Pedagogy: Film and the QuincentennialHenry Jenkins: Out of the Closet and into the Universe. Queers and Star TrekMark Poster: Cyberdemocracy. Internet and the Public SphereManuel Castells: Conclusion: The Network SocietyEpilogue: The Future is Present: American Cultural Studies on the Net (Eva Vieth)

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`This collection looks like a winner. I know of no other competing work that combines a broad understanding of cultural studies with particular attention to the study of the United States. The editors have conceived the volume in the most compelling way.' Mark Poster, University of California,Irvine