Journal of American Culture (Malden, MA)

Articles from Vol. 18, No. 1, Spring

A Great Stage, a Great Play: The Theatrical and Tragic in Loren Eiseley's Essays
In the essay "How Human is Man?" Loren Eiseley writes, "What if we are not playing on the center stage? What if the Great Spectacle has no terminus and no meaning? What if there is no audience beyond the footlights, and the play, in spite of bold villains...
Between Watson and Spock: Eleanor Roosevelt's Advice on Child-Rearing from 1928 to 1962
Historians who have examined the popular literature on child-rearing advice for the late 1920s through 1940s have pointed to an important shift in parenting advice offered in such periodicals as Women's Home Companion, Ladies Home Journal, Good Housekeeping...
Book Reviews -- American Cool: Constructing a Twentieth-Century Emotional Style by Peter N. Stearns
American Cool: Constructing a Twentieth-Century Emotional Style. Peter N. Stearns. New York: New York University Press, 1994. 368 pp.In American Cool, Peter Stearns focuses on the transformation of American emotional culture from the expressive, nineteenth-century...
Book Reviews -- Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Land: The Plunder of Early America by Daniel M. Friedenberg
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Land: The Plunder of Early America. Daniel M. Friedenberg. New York: Prometheus Books, 1992. 423 pp. Illustrated, notes, index. $28.00 cloth.Implicit in the title of Daniel M. Friedenberg's book Life, Liberty, and the...
Book Reviews -- Making America: The Society and Culture of the United States Edited by Luther Luedtke
Making America: The Society and Culture of the United States. Luther Luedtke, editor. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1992. 554 pp. $34.95 cloth. 16.95 paper.Many of us in the Popular Culture/American Studies community eagerly order...
Book Reviews -- Mark Twain, Culture and Gender: Envisioning America through Europe by J. D. Stahl
Mark Twain, Culture and Gender: Envisioning America Through Europe. J.D. Stahl. Athens: The University of Georgia Press, 1994. xvii + 231 pp. Bibliography, index. $35.00 cloth.Forever and correctly linked to essential American themes in popular judgment,...
Book Reviews -- Men without Women: Female Bonding and the American Novel of the 1980's by Donald J. Greiner
Men Without Women: Female Bonding and the American Novel of the 1980's. Donald J. Greiner. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1993. 135 pp.A latent indignation underlies Donald Greiner's study of female alliances in selected fiction by contemporary...
Book Reviews -- Pretty Bubbles in the Air: America in 1919 by William D. Miller
Pretty Bubbles in the Air: America in 1919. William D Miller. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1991. $29.95 cloth.This commendable book delves uncompromisingly into the core of what has been troubling America all along. In comparison,...
Book Reviews -- Risky Business: The Political Economy of Hollywood by David F. Prindle
Risky Business: The Political Economy of Hollywood. David F. Prindle. Westview Press, 1993. 180 pp. Index. $39.95.The image of "liberal Hollywood" as a bastion of trendy ideas, libertine values, and radical chic has become a commonplace in political...
Book Reviews -- Sir Oliver Mowat by A. Margaret Evans
Sir Oliver Mowat. A. Margaret Evans. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1992. xi + 437 pp. Introduction, preface, appendices, notes, note on sources, picture credits, index. $19.95 paper. $50.00 cloth.This book is a thorough, well-written study of...
Book Reviews -- the Empire of the Eye: Landscape Representation and American Cultural Politics, 1825-1875 by Angela Miller
The Empire of the Eye: Landscape Representation and American Cultural Politics, 1825-1875. Angela Miller. Ithica: Cornell University Press, 1993. 298 pp. Illustrations, some color. $37.50 cloth.It is only one generation ago that scholars began to examine...
Book Reviews -- the Promise of the New South by Edward L. Ayers
The Promise of the New South. Edward L. Ayers. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992. x + 572 pp. $30.00 cloth.Even today, no region in the United States is as charming on the one hand and foreboding on the other as the South. The South is a conundrum....
Book Reviews -- the Vacant Chair: The Northern Soldier Leaves Home by Reid Mitchell
The Vacant Chair: The Northern Soldier Leaves Home. Reid Mitchell. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993. xiv + 201 pp. $24.95. ISBN 0-19-507893-4.Reid Mitchell's The Vacant Chair is a tidy and compact study of the way northern culture shaped the attitudes...
Comedic Distance in Holocaust Literature
There is a moment in the screen version of Robert Shaw's The Man in the Glass Booth when the uniformed officer, played brilliantly by Maximillian Schell, is revealed not to be Lagerkommandant SS Col. Dorf but the survivor Arthur Goldman. The giveaway...
Constitutional Ideology and Progressive Fiction
In the early-20th century an information explosion in American law coincided with the rise of revolutionary new technologies for the shaping of public opinion. Mechanical improvements reduced the cost of publishing magazines and newspapers, and encouraged...
Consuming Cannibals: Psychopathic Killers as Archetypes and Cultural Icons
Early in 1992, a series of newspaper articles announced that Jeffrey Dahmer had been made the "main hero" of a comic book biography. A Milwaukee court of law had recently found Dahmer guilty of a string of violent murders involving rape, dismemberment,...
Ken Burns-A Conversation with Public Television's Resident Historian
Ken Burns laughs now about the apprehension he felt on September 23, 1990, the day The Civil War premiered on prime-time television and change his life forever. He bad just completed a two-month promotional tour, a grueling process at which he is particularly...
On Re-Reading the Maltese Falcon
Dashiell Hammett is commonly known by his third and most famous novel, The Maltese Falcon, uniquely featuring the detective hero, Sam Spade. A 1941 film version of the book, which had been published in 1929, was a box-office hit starring Humphrey Bogart....
Ray and Ronald Girdle the Globe
The McDonald Story has become part of American mythology. The essential elements are all there: an admirable hero, an adorable clown, pluck and luck, and the big buck.The admirable hero, a latter-day Horatio Alger, is Ray Kroc. He came up the hard way,...
Tattoo Designs and Locations in the Old U.S. Navy
For the last 250 years, the art of tattooing has been closely associated with men who go to sea, but little is known about the tattoos themselves. This investigation provides at least some information about the designs, locations, and continuity of subject...
The Only Good Alien Is a Dead Alien: Science Fiction and the Metaphysics of Indian-Hating on the High Frontier
Students of myth and culture have long been interested in the "life cycle" of national fables. Born of the womb of cultural necessity, myths commonly mature and adapt to fit changing cultural conditions, until, after sometimes centuries of service, they...

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