American Culture in the 1950s (Twentieth Century American by Martin Halliwell

By Martin Halliwell

This e-book offers a stimulating account of the dominant cultural types of Fifties the USA: fiction and poetry; theatre and function; movie and tv; track and radio; and the visible arts. via precise statement and concentrated case stories of influential texts and occasions -- from Invisible guy to West part tale, from Disneyland to the Seattle World's reasonable, from Rear Window to The american citizens -- the ebook examines the way modernism and the chilly battle supply frames of reference for realizing the trajectory of postwar culture.The center goals of this quantity are to chart the altering complexion of yankee tradition within the years following international conflict II and to supply readers with a serious research of 'the 1950s'. The booklet presents an highbrow context for imminent Nineteen Fifties American tradition and considers the old effect of the last decade on contemporary social and cultural advancements. Key Features:Focused case stories that includes key texts, genres, writers, artists and cultural trendsChronology of Nineteen Fifties American CultureBibliographies for every chapterMore than twenty illustrations

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There were others as well, such as left-liberal playwright Arthur Miller who, although never a communist, was refused a visa in 1954 that prevented him from seeing a performance of his own The Intellectual Context 29 play The Crucible in Brussels. Paradoxically Europe was much closer for many Americans with the development of air travel and the extension of the GI Bill for veterans wanting to study abroad, but it was also further away for perceived subversives like Miller, whose marriage to Marilyn Monroe in 1956 conveniently shifted the media spotlight away from his politics.

29 Because the desire for social status often works in tension with these vulnerabilities, advertising strategies had to be varied and subtle to appeal to a range of consumers, so as not to draw attention to the fact that many products were actually superfluous to requirement. 30 In the 1948 advertisement, a monochrome drawing of a large black Hudson with a driver and five passengers passes by a large house and well-manicured lawn, presumably on a weekend drive. The copy reads: ‘There’s something really new in the motorcar world – a daringly designed, gorgeously finished Hudson .

62 Partisan Review had its most influential phase from 1946 to 1955, moving from quarterly publication to bimonthly, and briefly to monthly in 1948–50. 64 Perhaps because the country had become a haven for European émigré intellectuals in the face of political hostility in Europe, most of the twenty-five contributors felt more at ease with American culture than they would have done thirty years earlier. But it is misleading to think that the contributors were entirely uncritical. They argued that the intellectual has a crucial role for ensuring national balance and contributing to the country’s international prestige.

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