Mass-Market Fiction and the Crisis of American Liberalism, 1972–2017

1st ed. 2018. Buch. ix, 253 S.: Bibliographien. Hardcover
Palgrave Macmillan ISBN 978-3-319-89386-0
Format (B x L): 14,8 x 21 cm
Gewicht: 473 g
In englischer Sprache
Mass-Market Fiction and the Crisis of American Liberalism, 1972–2017 tracks the transformation of liberal thought in the contemporary United States through the unique lens of the popular paperback. The book focuses on cultural shifts as they appear in works written by some of the most widely-read authors of the last fifty years: the idea of love within a New Economy (Danielle Steel), the role of government in scientific inquiry (Michael Crichton), entangled political alliances and legacies in the aftermath of the 1960s (Tom Clancy), the restructured corporation (John Grisham), and the blurred line between state and personal empowerment (Dean Koontz). To address the current crisis, this book examines how the changed character of American liberalism has been rendered legible for a mass audience.
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Addresses one of the most pressing issues facing readers in the United States: what has happened to “liberalism” over the past fifty years, and given current conflicts, where might it go from here? Focuses on contemporary popular fiction that has often been overlooked in academic studies, through a cultural studies lens Teases out unexpected complexities found within the analyzed texts