By Martin Halliwell
This e-book offers a stimulating account of the dominant cultural varieties of Fifties the United States: fiction and poetry; theatre and function; movie and tv; song and radio; and the visible arts. via distinctive statement and concentrated case experiences of influential texts and occasions -- from Invisible guy to West facet tale, from Disneyland to the Seattle World's reasonable, from Rear Window to The americans -- the booklet examines the best way modernism and the chilly conflict provide frames of reference for knowing the trajectory of postwar culture.The center goals of this quantity are to chart the altering complexion of yank tradition within the years following international warfare II and to supply readers with a severe research of 'the 1950s'. The booklet presents an highbrow context for forthcoming Fifties American tradition and considers the old influence of the last decade on fresh social and cultural advancements. Key Features:Focused case stories that includes key texts, genres, writers, artists and cultural trendsChronology of Nineteen Fifties American CultureBibliographies for every chapterMore than twenty illustrations
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Wright Mills, would have agreed with Galbraith that there was too much coming ‘to good terms with life’ in postwar America, and not enough questioning of what is at stake when the vast majority of citizens concur with conventional wisdom. It may seem that Galbraith was intent simply on combating conventional wisdom, but he was, in fact, suspicious of ideas as a whole, perhaps because they were too easily co-opted for ideological ends. 55 Galbraith was worried by the instinctual acceptance of ‘the social good’ in times of prosperity, particularly when accompanied by only a vague sense of the rules of the game.
R. James was deported in 1953; and the ‘father of the atom bomb’ physicist Robert Oppenheimer lost his security clearance in 1954 for casting doubts over the wisdom of developing the Hbomb. There were others as well, such as left-liberal playwright Arthur Miller who, although never a communist, was refused a visa in 1954 that prevented him from seeing a performance of his own The Intellectual Context 29 play The Crucible in Brussels. Paradoxically Europe was much closer for many Americans with the development of air travel and the extension of the GI Bill for veterans wanting to study abroad, but it was also further away for perceived subversives like Miller, whose marriage to Marilyn Monroe in 1956 conveniently shifted the media spotlight away from his politics.
A second view of culture was an experience that ennobles individuals by providing values, skills and social accomplishments. 19 On May’s model innocent nineteenth-century traditions fell away in the turbulent 1910s with the experience of war and a loss of old confidences. The linking of culture to high art forms re-emerged periodically, particularly in the late 1920s with the revival of interest in the Victorian writer Matthew Arnold’s distinction between ‘culture’ and ‘anarchy’, and was often linked to ideas of social betterment.