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The Resource Pop culture and the dark side of the American dream : con men, gangsters, drug lords, and zombies, Paul A. Cantor

Pop culture and the dark side of the American dream : con men, gangsters, drug lords, and zombies, Paul A. Cantor

Label
Pop culture and the dark side of the American dream : con men, gangsters, drug lords, and zombies
Title
Pop culture and the dark side of the American dream
Title remainder
con men, gangsters, drug lords, and zombies
Statement of responsibility
Paul A. Cantor
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The many con men, gangsters, and drug lords portrayed in popular culture are examples of the dark side of the American dream. Viewers are fascinated by these twisted versions of heroic American archetypes, like the self-made man and the entrepreneur. Applying the critical skills he developed as a Shakespeare scholar, Paul A. Cantor finds new depth in familiar landmarks of popular culture. He invokes Shakespearean models to show that the concept of the tragic hero can help us understand why we are both repelled by and drawn to figures such as Vito and Michael Corleone or Walter White. Beginning with Huckleberry Finn and ending with The Walking Dead, Cantor also uncovers the link between the American dream and frontier life. In imaginative variants of a Wild West setting, popular culture has served up disturbing--and yet strangely compelling--images of what happens when people move beyond the borders of law and order. Cantor demonstrates that, at its best, popular culture raises thoughtful questions about the validity and viability of the American dream, thus deepening our understanding of America itself."--Publisher's website
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1945-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Cantor, Paul A.
Dewey number
306.097309/04
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
E169.1
LC item number
.C2485 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Popular culture
  • Popular culture
  • National characteristics, American
  • United States
  • American Dream
  • American Dream
  • Civilization
  • National characteristics, American
  • Popular culture
  • United States
  • Pop-Kultur
  • USA
Label
Pop culture and the dark side of the American dream : con men, gangsters, drug lords, and zombies, Paul A. Cantor
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
Aristocracy in America: Huckleberry Finn and the democratic art of imposture -- The talented Mr. Dukenfield: W. C. Fields and the American dream -- "I believe in America": the Godfather films and the immigrant's tragedy -- The Macbeth of meth: Breaking bad and the tragedy of Walter White -- The apocalyptic strain in popular culture: the American nightmare becomes the American dream
Control code
1066119253
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 207 pages
Isbn
9780813177304
Lccn
2018056746
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1066119253
Label
Pop culture and the dark side of the American dream : con men, gangsters, drug lords, and zombies, Paul A. Cantor
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
Aristocracy in America: Huckleberry Finn and the democratic art of imposture -- The talented Mr. Dukenfield: W. C. Fields and the American dream -- "I believe in America": the Godfather films and the immigrant's tragedy -- The Macbeth of meth: Breaking bad and the tragedy of Walter White -- The apocalyptic strain in popular culture: the American nightmare becomes the American dream
Control code
1066119253
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 207 pages
Isbn
9780813177304
Lccn
2018056746
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1066119253

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