American Cultural Studies: An Introduction to American by Neil Campbell, Alasdair Kean

By Neil Campbell, Alasdair Kean

Drawing on literature, artwork, movie theatre, song and lots more and plenty extra, American Cultural reviews is an interdisciplinary creation to American tradition for these taking American reports. This textbook: * introduces the whole variety and diversity of yank tradition together with problems with race, gender and adolescence* offers a very interdisciplinary method* indicates and discusses a number of methods to review* highlights American forte* attracts on literature, paintings, movie, theatre, structure, song and extra* demanding situations orthodox paradigms of yankee experiences. This is a fast-expanding topic zone, and Campbell and Kean's publication will surely be a staple a part of any cultural reviews student's studying nutrition.

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King, R. ) Modern American Culture, London: Longman. Kolodny, A. (1992) ‘Letting Go Our Grand Obsessions: Notes Towards a New Literary History of the American Frontiers’, American Literature, vol. no. 64,1, March, pp. 1–18. H. (1962) The Symbolic Meaning, London: Centaur Press. ——(1977) Studies in Classic American Literature, Harmondsworth: Penguin. Lopez, B. (1987) (first 1986) Arctic Dreams: Imagination and Desire in a Northern Landscape, New York: Bantam. ——(1988) Crossing Open Ground, London: Macmillan.

There is a tension between the conventional discourses of American identity a complex set of statements, myths and ways of seeing that constitutes a prevalent notion of a core of values that equal America’ to the people and the world, and a series of counter-discourses that question and critique the neatness and stability of just such a view of identity. The following chapter will explore some of the key elements of the myth of national identity and suggest other, counterdiscourses, currently at work in American culture.

200). : 197), as if history has been by-passed in the creation of the values and goals he talks of. He is, however, reinvoking the core myths, an essence, around which America has structured its dominant ideological meanings, myths whose ‘meaning is already complete…a kind of knowledge, a past, a memory, a comparative order of facts, ideas, decisions’ (Barthes 1976:117). : 125) by repeating the past, or the language of the past, and seeking to apply it to the present. : 125) and the images it restores transform historical processes into apparently natural occurrences so that we fail to read them as a motive, only as a reason (see Barthes 1976:129).

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