European Readings Of American Popular Culture


A collection of basically healthy, skeptical, alternately seductive, sympathetic, abrasive, and challenging insights into how American culture works both within Europe and from the European viewpoint.
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A collection of basically healthy, skeptical, alternately seductive, sympathetic, abrasive, and challenging insights into how American culture works both within Europe and from the European viewpoint.
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Twenty-two European scholars take a long look at American culture and its influence in Europe. The introduction emphasizes that a mutual seduction has occurred between the US and Europe, one of give and take, and accommodation, resulting in both pro and con US attitudes in Europe. The essays include discussions of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show in the 19th century to contemporary television and cinema, rap music, books, fast food, the Barbie doll, and other exotic exports. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Meet the Author

JOHN DEAN is an American, born and educated in the United States, who has lived half his life in Europe.

JEAN-PAUL GABILLIET is professor of English and North American Studies at the Strasbourg Institute of Political Studies.

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Table of Contents

Preface: Ever the Twain Shall Meet
Introduction: America and Europe - A Clash of Imagined Communities
1 Blackface Minstrels and Buffalo Bill's Wild West: Nineteenth-Century Entertainment Forms as Cultural Exports 3
2 Creative Chiasmus: Comparative Evolution of U.S. Television and Cinema Products in the 1980s 13
3 A Comics Interlude 23
4 My Very Own America 43
5 Rocking and Rapping in the Dutch Welfare State 55
6 Here, There, and Everywhere: Rock Music, Mass Culture, and the Counterculture 69
7 Negotiations and Love Songs: Toward a Verifiable Interpretation of Popular Music 79
8 Harlequin Romances in Western Europe: The Cultural Interactions of Romantic Literature 91
9 Reader's Digest: A Rosy World for Both Sides of the Atlantic 101
10 "Seriously Lurid": The Pitfalls of Publishing American Crime Fiction in Britain 109
11 Pride and Prejudice: American Cuisine, The French, and Godliness 119
12 "Wash Your Hands with Coca-Cola": Coca-Cola's European Tribulations 127
13 The Barbie Doll 139
14 Serial Heroes: A Sociocultural Probing into Excessive Consumption 147
15 The Mayflower Need Not Sail Back: The US of A Is Going European 159
16 "America" in Popular Irish Fiction and Drama: Elements of a Transcultural Discourse 173
17 Minorities in U.S. Films: The New Wave 1960s-1970s 183
18 America on My Mind 195
19 A Taste of Honey: Adorno's Reading of American Mass Culture 201
20 The Experience of Freedom and Vacuum: An Anthropologist at Euro Disney 213
21 Popular Culture and Mass Culture: A Franco-European Dilemma 221
Index 227
About the Editors and Contributors 233
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