A Kinder, Gentler America: Melancholia and the Mythical 1950s

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"In the Norman Rockwell paintings of the 1940s and 1950s," wrote Newt Gingrich, "there was a clear sense of what it meant to be an American." Gingrich's words underline what Mary Caputi sees as a desire of the neoconservative movement to set a foundation for modern America that ennobles the past. Analyzing these competing uses of the past, A Kinder, Gentler America reveals how longing for the era of "the greatest generation" actually exposes a disillusionment with the present. Caputi draws on the theoretical frameworks ...

A Kinder, Gentler America: Melancholia and the Mythical 1950s 2005, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, MN

ISBN-13: 9780816644087

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A Kinder, Gentler America: Melancholia and the Mythical 1950s 2005, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, MN

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