Analyzing Mad Men

Analyzing Mad Men

by Scott F. Stoddart
     
 

AMC's episodic drama Mad Men has become a cultural phenomenon, detailing America's preoccupation with commercialism and image in the Camelot of 1960s Kennedy-era America, while self-consciously exploring current preoccupations. The 12 critical essays in this collection offer a broad, interdisciplinary approach to this highly relevant television show, examining Mad

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Overview

AMC's episodic drama Mad Men has become a cultural phenomenon, detailing America's preoccupation with commercialism and image in the Camelot of 1960s Kennedy-era America, while self-consciously exploring current preoccupations. The 12 critical essays in this collection offer a broad, interdisciplinary approach to this highly relevant television show, examining Mad Men as a cultural barometer for contemporary concerns with consumerism, capitalism and sexism. Topics include New Historicist parallels between the 1960s and the present day, psychoanalytical approaches to the show, the self as commodity, and the "Age of Camelot" as an "Age of Anxiety," among others. A detailed cast list and episode guide are included.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786447381
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
07/12/2011
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Scott F. Stoddart is the dean of School of Liberal Arts at the Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY. He has written broadly about popular culture, literature and the arts, including on such topics as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Stephen Sondheim and the Coen brothers.

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