Visions of Belonging: Family Stories, Popular Culture, and Postwar Democracy, 1940-1960

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byJudith E. Smith

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-- Elaine May, author of Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era

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-- Elaine May, author of Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era

Judith E. Smith is professor of American studies at University of Massachusetts Boston and the author of Family Connections: A History of Italian and Jewish Immigrant Lives in Providence, Rhode Island, 1900-1940.

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:August 14, 2012Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780231509268

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Part 1 Ordinary Families, Popular Culture, and Popular Democracy, 1935-1945
Radio's Formula Drama
Popular Theater and Popular Democracy
Popular Democracy on the Radio
Popular Democracy in Wartime: Multiethnic and Multiracial?
Representing the Soldier
The New World of the Home Front
Soldiers as Veterans: Imagining the Postwar World
Looking Back Stories
Part 2 Making the Working-Class Family Ordinary: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
From Working-Class Daughter to Working-Class Writer
Revising 1930s Radical Visions
Remembering a Working-Class Past
Instructing the Middle Class
The Ethnic and Racial Boundaries of the Ordinary
Making Womanhood Ordinary
Hollywood Revises A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
The Declining Appeal of Tree's Social Terrain
Part 3 Home Front Harmony and Remembering Mama
"Mama's Bank Account" and Other Ethnic Working-Class Fictions
Remembering Mama on the Stage
The Mother Next Door on Film, 1947-1948
Mama on CBS, 1949-1956
The Appeal of TV Mama's Ordinary Family
"Trading Places" Stories
Part 4 Loving Across Prewar Racial and Sexual Boundaries
Lillian Smith and Strange Fruit
Quality Reinstates the Color Line
Strange Fruit as Failed Social Drama
The Returning Negro Soldier, Interracial Romance, and Deep Are the Roots
Interracial Male Homosociability in Home of the Brave
Part 5 "Seeing Through" Jewishness
Perception and Racial Boundaries in Focus
Policing Racial and Gender Boundaries in The Brick Foxhole
Recasting the Victim in Crossfire
Deracializing Jewishness in Gentleman's Agreement
Part 6 Hollywood Makes Race (In)Visible
"A Great Step Forward": The Film Home of the Brave
Lost Boundaries: Racial Indeterminacy as Whiteness
Pinky: Racial Indeterminacy as Blackness
Trading Places or No Way Out?
Everyman Stories
Part 7 Competing Postwar Representations of Universalism
The "Truly Universal People": Richard Durham's Destination Freedom
The Evolution of Arthur Miller's Ordinary Family
Miller's Search for "the People," 1947-1948
The Creation of an Ordinary American Tragedy: Death of a Salesman
The Rising Tide of Anticommunism
Part 8 Marital Realism and Everyman Love Stories
Marital Realism Before and After the Blacklist
The Promise of Live Television Drama
Paddy Chayefsky's Everyman Ethnicity
Conservative and Corporate Constraints on Representing the Ordinary
Filming Television's "Ordinary": Marty's Everyman Romance
Part 9 Reracializing the Ordinary American Family: Raisin in the Sun
Lorraine Hansberry's South Side Childhood
Leaving Home, Stepping "Deliberately Against the Beat"
The Freedom Family and the Black Left
"I Am a Writer": Hansberry in Greenwich Village
Raisin in the Sun: Hansberry's Conception, Audience Reception
Frozen in the Frame: The Film of Raisin
Visions of Belonging
Notes
Index

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