Best Sellers and Their Film Adaptations in Postwar America: From Here to Eternity, Sayonara, Giant, Auntie Mame, Peyton Place

Best Sellers and Their Film Adaptations in Postwar America: From Here to Eternity, Sayonara, Giant, Auntie Mame, Peyton Place

by Jane Hendler
     
 

ISBN-10: 0820452106

ISBN-13: 9780820452104

Pub. Date: 12/01/2001

Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.

Best-Sellers and Their Film Adaptations in Postwar America looks at some of the most popular novels of the 1950s and examines how their representations of gender identity and conflict dispute and re-imagine the dominant constructions of masculinity and femininity in postwar culture. Working with the claim that gender identity emerged as a primary signifier

Overview

Best-Sellers and Their Film Adaptations in Postwar America looks at some of the most popular novels of the 1950s and examines how their representations of gender identity and conflict dispute and re-imagine the dominant constructions of masculinity and femininity in postwar culture. Working with the claim that gender identity emerged as a primary signifier of national identity within Cold War ideology, Jane Hendler provides a detailed, illuminating analysis of how five best-sellers and their film adaptations address a range of intersecting historical issues, including communist containment, corporate culture, family life, and race relations, all of which were integrally linked to gender and key issues of American identity. Each chapter offers compelling, layered readings of the multiple social discourses that fed into the production and reception of these texts that will interest readers in film, gender, and cultural studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820452104
Publisher:
Peter Lang Publishing Inc.
Publication date:
12/01/2001
Series:
Modern American Literature Series , #28
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
1The Fifties Best-Seller: Texts, Contexts, and Gender Identity in the Postwar Era1
2Masculinity and Male Power in James Jones's From Here to Eternity29
3"Madame Butterfly with a Social Conscience": Gender, Race, and National Identity in James Michener's Sayonara69
4"Slipping from under Me Like a Loose Saddle": The Degeneration of Dynasty in Edna Ferber's Giant115
5Contesting the Feminine Mystique: Gender Performance and Female Identity in Patrick Dennis's Auntie Mame153
6"Damned and Banned": Female Sexuality in Grace Metalious's Peyton Place185
7Conclusion225
Notes233
Works Cited251
Index269

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