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The Resource Look closer : suburban narratives and American values in film and television, David R. Coon

Look closer : suburban narratives and American values in film and television, David R. Coon

Label
Look closer : suburban narratives and American values in film and television
Title
Look closer
Title remainder
suburban narratives and American values in film and television
Statement of responsibility
David R. Coon
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In recent years, the media landscape in the United States has followed a pattern similar to that of the physical landscape by becoming increasingly suburbanized. Although it is a far cry from reality, the fantasy of a perfect suburban life still exists in the collective imagination of millions of Americans. This dream of suburban perfection is built around a variety of such ideologically conservative values and ideals as the importance of tradition, the centrality of the nuclear family, the desire for a community of like-minded neighbors, the need for clearly defined gender roles, and the belief that with hard work and determination, anyone can succeed. Building on the relationships between suburban life and American identity, Look Closer examines and interprets recent narratives that challenge the suburban ideal to reveal how directors and producers are mobilizing the spaces of suburbia to tell new kinds of stories about America. David R. Coon argues that the myth of suburban perfection, popularized by postwar sitcoms and advertisements, continues to symbolize a range of intensely debated issues related to tradition, family, gender, race, and citizenship. Through close examinations of such films as American Beauty, The Truman Show, and Mr. & Mrs. Smith as well as such television series as Desperate Housewives, Weeds, and Big Love, the book demonstrates how suburbia is used to critique the ideologies that underpin the suburban American Dream
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1974-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Coon, David R.
Dewey number
791.43/62
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN1995.9.S74
LC item number
C66 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Suburban life in motion pictures
  • Suburban life on television
  • United States
  • United States
Label
Look closer : suburban narratives and American values in film and television, David R. Coon
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: welcome to the neighborhood -- Traditional values: nostalgia and self-reflexivity in visual representations of suburbia -- Back yard fences: the public, the private, and the family in suburban dramas -- Suburban citizenship: defining community through the exclusion of racial and sexual minorities -- Desperate husbands: the crisis of hegemonic masculinity in post-9/11 suburbia -- Protecting the suburban lifestyle: consumption, crime, and the American dream -- Conclusion: there goes the neighborhood
Control code
840803746
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 269 pages
Isbn
9780813562070
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2013005971
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)840803746
Label
Look closer : suburban narratives and American values in film and television, David R. Coon
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: welcome to the neighborhood -- Traditional values: nostalgia and self-reflexivity in visual representations of suburbia -- Back yard fences: the public, the private, and the family in suburban dramas -- Suburban citizenship: defining community through the exclusion of racial and sexual minorities -- Desperate husbands: the crisis of hegemonic masculinity in post-9/11 suburbia -- Protecting the suburban lifestyle: consumption, crime, and the American dream -- Conclusion: there goes the neighborhood
Control code
840803746
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 269 pages
Isbn
9780813562070
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2013005971
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)840803746

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