Welcome to the Dreamhouse
Popular Media and Postwar Suburbs
By (author) Lynn Spigel
Welcome to the Dreamhouse by Lynn Spigel
Book DescriptionIn "Welcome to the Dreamhouse" feminist media studies pioneer Lynn Spigel takes on Barbie collectors, African American media coverage of the early NASA space launches, and television's changing role in the family home and its links to the broader visual culture of modern art. Exploring post-war U.S. media in the context of the period's reigning ideals about home and family life, Spigel looks at a range of commercial objects and phenomenon, from television and toys to comic books and magazines. The volume considers not only how the media portrayed suburban family life, but also how both middle-class ideals and a perceived division between private and public worlds helped to shape the visual forms, storytelling practices, and reception of post-war media and consumer culture. Spigel also explores those aspects of suburban culture that media typically render invisible. She looks at the often unspoken assumptions about class, nation, ethnicity, race, and sexual orientation that underscored both media images (like those of 1960s space missions) and social policies of the mass-produced suburb. Issues of memory and nostalgia are central in the final section as Spigel considers how contemporary girls use television reruns as a source for women's history and then analyses the current nostalgia for baby boom era family ideals that runs through contemporary images of new household media technologies. Containing some of Spigel's well-known essays on television's cultural history as well as new essays on a range of topics dealing with popular visual culture, "Welcome to the Dreamhouse" is important reading for students and scholars of media and communications studies, popular culture, American studies, women's studies, and sociology.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780822326960
(228mm x 154mm x 30mm)
Imprint: Duke University Press
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Lynn Spigel
Revolution of the Eye, Hardback (June 2015)
An engaging exploration of the relationship between avant-garde art and American network television from the 1940s through the 1970s
TV by Design, Hardback (January 2009)
Uncovers the story of how modernism and network television converged and intertwined in their mutual ascent during the decades of the cold war. This title shows how TV was instrumental in introducing the public to the different trends in art and design.
Feminist Television Criticism, Paperback (December 2007)
Takes into account the changes in the television industry, the academic field of television studies and the culture and politics of feminist movements. This book explores how television represents feminism and considers how critics themselves have created feminism and post-feminism as historical categories and political identities.
Revolution Wasn't Televised, Paperback (May 1997)» View all books by Lynn Spigel
Explores the many ways that prime time television played a central role in the social conflicts of the 1960's in America.
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Author Biography - Lynn Spigel
Lynn Spigel is Professor of Radio, Television, and Film at Northwestern University. She is the author of "Make Room for TV: Television and the Family Ideal in Postwar America."
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