The Jfk Image: Profiles In Docudrama by Raluca Lucia CimpeanThe Jfk Image: Profiles In Docudrama by Raluca Lucia Cimpean

The Jfk Image: Profiles In Docudrama

byRaluca Lucia Cimpean

Hardcover | October 16, 2014

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One of the most popular presidents of the twentieth century, John F. Kennedy has been the subject of countless books, documentaries, and portrayals both on television and in feature films. Whether depicting his exploits during World War II (PT-109), capturing crucial moments during his presidency (Thirteen Days), or providing a fictionalized account of his assassination (Executive Action), films continue to portray Kennedy and his legacy. In The JFK Image: Profiles in Docudrama, Raluca Lucia Cimpean examines John F. Kennedy's representations in motion pictures, focusing on how the late president's image has been constructed to keep the myths of the Kennedy era and Camelot alive. The volume explores those myths through docudramas, which combine the aesthetic and narrative codes of documentaries with those of fiction to portray the characters and events of the Kennedy era as classic battles between good and evil. Beginning with an examination of the docudrama and its uses, this book analyzes the Kennedy image-with its focus on the New Frontier, Camelot, and revisionist approaches-and then provides in-depth examinations of such films as JFK, In the Line of Fire, and The Rat Pack. Drawing on archival research and Kennedy letters only recently released to the public, The JFK Image will be of great interest to scholars of film and popular culture, as well as those working in political science, the culture of the 1960s, and, of course, Kennedy studies.
Raluca Lucia Cimpean received her PhD in American Studies from Heidelberg University, Germany. She is currently a visiting lecturer at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where she teaches for the Honors College.
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Title:The Jfk Image: Profiles In DocudramaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:206 pages, 9.51 × 6.39 × 0.81 inPublished:October 16, 2014Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1442243082

ISBN - 13:9781442243088

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsForeword Introduction PART ONE: Docudrama - History EnactedPART TWO: The JFK Image - Cultural SchemataChapter One: Kennedy's Mythic Terrain - The New FrontierChapter Two: Kennedy Hagiography - Camelot on Film Chapter Three: Kennedy Iconoclasm - Camelot-Inside-Out PART THREE: JFK Docuramas - John F. Kennedy's Posthumous Cinematic Career Chapter Four: The Kennedy Leadership Chapter Five: The Kennedy Assassination Chapter Six: Kennedy Nostalgia ConclusionBibliographyAbout the Author

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Much of the historical context the author surveys in the opening chapters may be familiar...but the author's focus on how contemporary journalists and historians discussed Kennedy's presidential leadership and postassassination legacy proves enlightening.... As some universities have offered courses examining the depiction of the presidency in film, television, and new media, especially during election years, a focused study like The JFK Image can supplement preexisting, broader texts.... This book is also recommended for Oliver Stone scholars, as the author's criticisms of Stone are rarely seen in other Stone scholarship. Courses on the Kennedy administration and the Cold War may also benefit from adopting this text, not only in its examination of the construction of Kennedy's image while in office...to how he was remembered after the assassination, but also in its incredible detail on Kennedy historiography and Cimpean's simple, yet clear taxonomy.