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- DescriptionAt a time when the expanded projection of US political, military, ecomic and cultural power draws intensified global concern, understanding how that country understands itself seems more important than ever. This collection of new critical essays tackles this old problem in a new way, by examining some of the hundreds of US films that anunce themselves as titularly 'American'. From early travelogues to contemporary comedies, national mination has been an abiding characteristic of American motion pictures, heading the work of Porter, Guy-Blache, DeMille, Capra, Sternberg, Vidor, Minnelli and Mankiewicz. More recently, George Lucas, Paul Schrader, John Landis and Edward James Olmos have made their own contributions to Hollywood's Americana. What does this national branding signify? Which versions of Americanism are valorized, and which marginalized or excluded? Out of which social and historical contexts do they emerge, and for and by whom are they constructed? Edited by Mandy Merck, the collection contains detailed analyses of such films as The Vanishing American, American Madness, An American in Paris, American Graffiti, American Gigolo, American Pie and many more.
- Author BiographyMandy Merck is Professor of Media Arts at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is the author of Perversions: Deviant Readings (1993), In Your Face: Nine Sexual Studies (2000) and Hollywood's American Tragedies (forthcoming 2007). She is editor of After Diana (1998) and co-editor of Coming Out of Feminism (1998) and The Art of Tracey Emin (2002).
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication31/05/2006
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Content Note6 black & white halftones
- Weight771 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Edited byMandy Merck
- Format DetailsPaper over boards
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