It Came From The 1950s!: Popular Culture, Popular Anxieties by Darryl JonesIt Came From The 1950s!: Popular Culture, Popular Anxieties by Darryl Jones

It Came From The 1950s!: Popular Culture, Popular Anxieties

byDarryl Jones, Elizabeth McCarthy, Bernice M. Murphy

Hardcover | October 4, 2011

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It Came From the 1950s is an eclectic, witty and insightful collection of essays predicated on the hypothesis that popular cultural documents provide unique insights into the concerns, anxieties and desires of their times. The essays explore the emergence of "Hammer Horror" and the company's groundbreaking 1958 adaptation of Dracula; the work of popular authors such as Shirley Jackson and Robert Bloch, and the effect that 50s food advertisements had upon the poetry of Sylvia Plath; the place of special effects in the decade's science fiction films; and 1950s Anglo-American relations as refracted through the prism of the 1957 film Night of the Demon.
DARRYL JONES is Head of the School of English, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, where he teaches Popular Literature and Culture. He is author of a number of books and many articles in this field. His most recent publications include an edition of M R. James's Collected Ghost Stories (2011).   ELIZABETH MCCARTHY is a Lecturer at Trinit...
Title:It Came From The 1950s!: Popular Culture, Popular AnxietiesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:284 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0 inPublished:October 4, 2011Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230272215

ISBN - 13:9780230272217


Table of Contents

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Note on Contributors
'A-Bombs, B-Pictures and C-Cups'; D.J.Skal
'It's in the trees! It's coming!' Night of the Demon and the Decline and Fall of the British Empire; D.Jones
Mutants and Monsters; K.Newman
'Don't Dare See It Alone!' The Fifties Hammer Invasion; W.Kinsey
Genre, Special Effects and Authorship in the Critical Reception of Science Fiction Film and Television during the 1950s; M.Jancovich & D.Johnston
Hammer's Dracula; C.Frayling
Fast Cars and Bullet Bras: The Image of the Female Juvenile Delinquent in 1950s America; E.McCarthy
'A Search for the Father-Image': Masculine Anxiety in Robert Bloch's 1950s Fiction; K.Corstorphine
'Reading her Difficult Riddle': Shirley Jackson and late 1950s' Anthropology; D.Downey
'At My Cooking I Feel It Looking': Food, Domestic Fantasies and Consumer Anxiety in Sylvia Plath's Writing; L.Piatti-Farnell
'All that Zombies Allow' Re-Imagining the Fifties in Far From Heaven and Fido; B.M.Murphy

Editorial Reviews

"This collection by a range of leading scholars probes beneath the surface of 1950s American culture to examine the undercurrents of anxiety which the material prosperity of that decade was concealing. The resulting analysis of popular genres, particularly fiction and film, sheds fascinating new light on a period which is far more complex than we had imagined." -- David Seed, University of Liverpool, UK