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The post-utopian imagination [electronic resource] : American culture in the long 1950s / M. Keith Booker.

By: Booker, M. Keith.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Contributions to the study of American literature: no. 13.Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2002Description: 1 online resource (226 p.).ISBN: 9780313076350 (electronic bk.); 0313076359 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): American fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism | Politics and literature -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Literature and society -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Popular culture -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Political fiction, American -- History and criticism | Motion pictures -- United States -- History | Dystopias in literature | Cold War in literature | Realism in literature | Culture in motion pictures | LITERARY CRITICISM -- American -- General | Pop-Kultur | Politik | Literatur | Roman | Film | USAGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Post-utopian imagination.DDC classification: 813/.5409358 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Introduction: America as utopia -- or not -- "Soiled, torn, and dead": the bleak vision of American literary fiction in the long 1950s -- Un-American activities: American realism and the utopian imagination of leftist fiction in the long 1950s -- Monsters, cowboys, and criminals: Jim Thompson and the dark turn in American popular culture in the long 1950s -- American film in the long 1950s: from Hitchcock to Disney.
Summary: In America, the long 1950s were marked by an intense skepticism toward utopian alternatives to the existing capitalist order. This skepticism was closely related to the climate of the Cold War, in which the demonization of socialism contributed to a dismissal of all alternatives to capitalism. This book studies how American novels and films of the long 1950s reflect the loss of the utopian imagination and mirror the growing concern that capitalism brought routinization, alienation, and other dehumanizing consequences. The volume relates the decline of the utopian vision to the rise of late cap.
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Filmography: p. 218-220.

Includes bibliographical references (p. [205]-217) and index.

Introduction: America as utopia -- or not -- "Soiled, torn, and dead": the bleak vision of American literary fiction in the long 1950s -- Un-American activities: American realism and the utopian imagination of leftist fiction in the long 1950s -- Monsters, cowboys, and criminals: Jim Thompson and the dark turn in American popular culture in the long 1950s -- American film in the long 1950s: from Hitchcock to Disney.

In America, the long 1950s were marked by an intense skepticism toward utopian alternatives to the existing capitalist order. This skepticism was closely related to the climate of the Cold War, in which the demonization of socialism contributed to a dismissal of all alternatives to capitalism. This book studies how American novels and films of the long 1950s reflect the loss of the utopian imagination and mirror the growing concern that capitalism brought routinization, alienation, and other dehumanizing consequences. The volume relates the decline of the utopian vision to the rise of late cap.

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