Americana : The Journal of American Popular Culture, 1900 to Present; Hollywood

Articles from Vol. 4, No. 2, Fall

Conversations with Scholars of American Popular Culture: Arthur Asa Berger
Each issue of Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture (1900 to present) we feature an interview, or a conversation, with a preeminent scholar in the field of American popular culture studies.Arthur Asa Berger is Professor Emeritus at San Francisco...
Making Shopping Safe for the Rest of Us: Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic Series and Its Readers
There is a kind of cultural production within consumption.-Willis, Common CultureNo one knows how many Americans suffer from compulsive buying tendency.-Schor, The Overspent AmericanCertain popular culture forms more than others lend themselves to readings...
Rituals of Nostalgia: Old-Fashioned Melodrama at the Millenium
Just as in its nineteenth-century heyday, the melodrama, in all its various forms, reigns triumphant in today's cultural marketplace. The television detective series, the western, the science fiction film, the horror flick, and the action blockbuster...
"Say Goodbye to Hollywood": Popular Music and Mythic Deconstruction in Shampoo
Nothing is more natural than allowing memory to replace truth with nostalgia; our first historian, Herodotus, laid the blueprint for his descendents when he loaded his Histories with second-hand myths in lieu of dates and facts. His desire was certainly...
Steve Earle and the Possibilities of Pragmatism
I."Everything Good Is on the Highway:"The Pragmatist Tradition and Steve EarleIn December of 2003, NPR's Steve Inskeep commented that "the songwriter Steve Earle is playing a role that brings some people great respect and causes others to look like fools....
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