Approaches to American Cultural Studies by Antje Dallmann, Eva Boesenberg, Martin Klepper

By Antje Dallmann, Eva Boesenberg, Martin Klepper

Written and edited through a global group of authors established basically in Europe, the e-book is split into 4 thematically-organised sections. the 1st half delineates the evolution of yank reviews over the process the 20 th century, the second one elaborates on how American experiences as a box is located in the wider humanities, and the 3rd inspects and deconstructs renowned tropes comparable to myths of the West, the self-made guy, happen future, and representations of the President of the USA. The fourth half introduces theories of society corresponding to structuralism and deconstruction, queer and transgender theories, border and hemispheric stories, and significant race idea which are fairly influential inside American reports.

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Is consumerism presented as a shallow preoccupation that attempts to make up for personal and social insecurities, but ultimately fails to do so? Or does Mad Men offer a nostalgic representation of a phase of capitalism before it grew as aggressive, abstract, and anonymous as today? Can the show itself, which painstakingly recreates and celebrates the look of the 1960s, be understood as an advertisement campaign for the fashion, furniture, cars, etc. of the decade – an effect that it definitely had on a number of spectators?

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One of its proponents is the US-American writer Annie Dillard. In Dillard’s short narrative “Total Eclipse” (1982), which I have chosen for a close reading, the narrator gives a seemingly inconspicuous account, as a first-person recollection and reflection, of how she witnessed a total solar eclipse in western Oregon. What initially may appear to be an unfiltered observation turns out to be a deep, existential reflection about life. It triggers thoughts about the ways in which we perceive and read the world that surrounds us and that we shape and harm.

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