The Airplane in American Culture

The Airplane in American Culture

by Dominick A. Pisano
     
 

ISBN-10: 0472098330

ISBN-13: 9780472098330

Pub. Date: 10/07/2003

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

Few journeys have had as great an impact on American culture as Orville Wright's first flight at Kitty Hawk in 1903—a twelve-second, one-hundred-twenty-foot trip that has captivated American thought and influenced American life ever since.
Although countless books for aviation buffs have appeared since World War II, none has attempted to place the airplane

Overview

Few journeys have had as great an impact on American culture as Orville Wright's first flight at Kitty Hawk in 1903—a twelve-second, one-hundred-twenty-foot trip that has captivated American thought and influenced American life ever since.
Although countless books for aviation buffs have appeared since World War II, none has attempted to place the airplane in its full social, cultural, and interdisciplinary context until now. The first book of its kind, The Airplane in American Culture presents essays by distinguished contributors including historians, literary scholars, scholars of American studies, art historians, and museum professionals that explore a range of topics, including the connections between flying and race and gender; aviation's role in forming perceptions of the landscape; the airplane's significance to the culture of war; and the influence of flight on literature and art.
A must-read collection for anyone fascinated by the airplane, The Airplane in American Culture represents a dramatic new approach to writing the history of aviation, and makes an important contribution to American social and cultural history.
Dominick A. Pisano is Curator of the Aeronautics Department at the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780472098330
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Publication date:
10/07/2003
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
New Directions in the History of Aviation1
The Airplane and the American Experience16
The Airplane: Public Perception
The Greatest Show Not on Earth: The Confrontation between Utility and Entertainment in Aviation39
The Man Nobody Knows: Charles A. Lindbergh and the Culture of Celebrity75
The Airplane: Race and Gender
"Great Shadow in the Sky": The Airplane in the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 and the Development of African American Visions of Aviation, 1921-1926105
"Who Says It's a Man's World?": Women's Work and Travel in the First Decades of Flight147
Experiment in the Cockpit: The Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II165
The Airplane: Perceptions of the Landscape, Literature, and Art
"The Surly Bonds of Earth": Images of the Landscape in the Work of Some Aviator/Authors, 1910-1969201
The Airplane and American Literature219
"Our Future Is in the Air": Aviation and American Art250
The Airplane and the Culture of War
Transforming Technology in the Army Air Corps, 1920-1940: Technology, Politics, and Culture for Strategic Bombing299
"Peace Is Our Profession": The Bombers Take Over333
Stick and Rudder University: Training and the Creation of the Flight Suit Officer357
Bibliographic Essay389
Contributors399
Index403

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