Inventing the Egghead: The Battle over Brainpower in American Culture

Inventing the Egghead: The Battle over Brainpower in American Culture

by Aaron Lecklider
     
 

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Throughout the twentieth century, popular songs, magazine articles, plays, posters, and novels alternated between representing intelligence as empowering and as threatening. In Inventing the Egghead, Aaron Lecklider cracks open this paradox by examining representations of intelligence to reveal brainpower's stalwart appeal and influence.

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Throughout the twentieth century, popular songs, magazine articles, plays, posters, and novels alternated between representing intelligence as empowering and as threatening. In Inventing the Egghead, Aaron Lecklider cracks open this paradox by examining representations of intelligence to reveal brainpower's stalwart appeal and influence.

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"In this groundbreaking book, Aaron Lecklider explains how ordinary Americans used mass culture to stake a claim to 'brainpower'—and then turned it into a tool for social transformation. Based on a brilliantly creative archive, and written with wit and clarity, Inventing the Egghead connects labor history and cultural studies to craft an exciting new interpretation of mid-century America."—Christopher Capozzola, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"Ranging across popular culture from Coney Island and Tin Pan Alley to WPA posters and science fiction, Aaron Lecklider's lively and astute exploration of twentieth-century Americans' vexed relationship with 'brainpower' stands as an important complement and corrective to Richard Hofstadter's classic Anti-Intellectualism in American Life."—Steven Biel, Harvard University

"From Einstein to the WPA to Oak Ridge, this investigation of popular understandings of 'brainpower' offers a fresh take on the culture and politics of twentieth-century America. Deeply researched and persuasively argued, Lecklider's book is a model of interdisciplinary American Studies scholarship."—Anna Creadick, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812207811
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date:
03/05/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
296
File size:
4 MB

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