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American Cultural Studies

A Reader

Edited by John Hartley and Roberta E. Pearson
With Eva Vieth

Publication Date - August 2000

ISBN: 9780198742548

456 pages


This provocative new collection shows how the burgeoning field of cultural studies has developed in the U.S. Introducing vital concepts, arguments, theories, and disciplinary debates, American Cultural Studies: A Reader is a panorama of great writing and powerful ideas. It illustrates a uniquely American response to questions of power and identity in the politics of culture. More than forty selections from key figures in "new journalism," cultural theory, the social sciences, humanities, and visual arts are gathered together in seven sections, each one introduced by helpful notes. A general introductory chapter explains the editorial selection and offers a new account of cultural studies and American studies in relation to American culture. The Epilogue suggests new ways--via the Internet--of doing cultural studies and of thinking about America.

Table of Contents

    Introduction: "Cultural Exceptionalism:" Freedom, Imperialism, Power, America, John Hartley
    Part I: The Intellectual Context
    Section 1: The New Journalism and Its Legacy
    1. Tom Wolfe: What If He Is Right?
    2. Susan Sontag: What's Happening to America?
    3. Stokely Carmichael: Black is Good
    4. Vine Deloria, Jr.: Indians Today, the Real and the Unreal
    5. Marge Piercy: Through the Cracks
    6. Hunter S. Thompson: Revisited: The Puerto Rican Problem
    Section 2: European Cultural Theory and Its Legacy
    7. Betty Friedan: The Sexual Solipsism of Sigmund Freud
    8. Marshall McLuhan: The Gutenberg Galaxy
    9. Marshall Sahlins: Notes on the American Clothing System
    10. Umberto Eco: Travels in Hyperreality
    11. Lawrence Grossberg: Identity and Cultural Studies: Is That All There Is?
    Section 3: American Social Science and Its Legacy
    12. Elihu Katz: The Return of the Humanities and Sociology
    13. James W. Carey: Mass Communication and Cultural Studies
    14. George Gerbner: Mass Media Discourse: Message System Analysis as a Component of Cultural Indicators
    15. Michael Schudson: The Politics of Narrative Form: The Emergence of News Conventions in Print and Television
    16. Horace Newcomb and Paul M. Hirsch: Television as a Cultural Forum
    Section 4: History and Literature and Their Legacy
    17. Ward Churchill: Literature as a Weapon in the Colonization of the American Indian
    18. Houston A. Baker, Jr.: Handling "Crisis:" Great Books, Rap Music, and the End of Western Homogeneity (Reflections on the Humanities in America)
    19. Carroll Smith-Rosenberg: Writing History: Language, Class, and Gender
    20. Rita Felski: The Doxa of Difference
    21. Janice Radway: What's in a Name? Presidential Address to the American Studies Association
    Part II: Cultural Sites
    Section 5: Identities
    22. Cindy Patton: Tremble, Hetero Swine!
    23. Herman Gray: African-American Political Desire and the Seductions of Contemporary Cultural Politics
    24. James Houston and Arjun Appadurai: Cities and Citizenship
    25. Jean Franco: Plotting Women: Popular Narratives for Women in the United States and in Latin America
    26. Marjorie Garber: The Transvestite Continuum: Liberace-Valentino-Elvis
    Section 6: Practices
    27. Andrew Ross: The Great Un-American Numbers Game
    28. George Lipsitz: Land of a Thousand Dances: Youth, Minorities, and the Rise of Rock and Roll
    29. Susan Willis: Work(ing) Out
    30. Paula A. Treichler: AIDS, Homophobia, and Biomedical Discourse: An Epidemic of Signification
    31. Toby Miller: The Truth Is a Murky Path
    Section 7: Media
    32. John Fiske: Popularity and the Politics of Information
    33. Lynn Spigel: From Theatre to Space Ship: Metaphors of Suburban Domesticity in Postwar America
    34. Robert Stam: Eurocentrism, Polycentrism, and Multicultural Pedagogy: Film and the Quincentennial
    35. Henry Jenkins: "Out of the Closet and into the Universe:" Queers and Star Trek
    36. Mark Poster: CyberDemocracy: Internet and the Public Sphere
    37. Manuel Castells: Materials for an Exploratory Theory of the Network Society
    Eva Vieth: Epilogue: The Future is Present: American Cultural Studies on the Net

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