Radiant Hour: Versions of Youth in American Culture

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This book of interdisciplinary essays explores how youth has been represented in American culture.  The book focuses on familiar literary, film and television texts set within a framework of ideas drawn from cultural and social theory, presenting innovative and challenging analyses of new and classic texts from the 1890s to the 1990s.

 

The collection contributes to the necessary and important debate over the meanings of youth representation within American culture, emphasising the ideological nature of youth and its centrality to a complex reading of popular culture. 

 

In particular, the book examines issues of gender, race and sexuality as central to the construction of youth identity and to the other significant relationships between youth and authority.  It deliberately asserts the contradictions in youth representations and denies any easy definitions that might serve to compound stereotypes or sustain vested interests.

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Taking the title from an American studies course at the University of Derby, scholars and writers there and in North America enter the debate over the meanings of youth representation in American culture, emphasizing the ideological nature of youth and its centrality to a complex reading of popular culture. The eight essays examine issues of gender, race, and sexuality as central to the construction of youth identity and to the other significant relationships between youth and authority. Distributed in the US by David Brown Book Company. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780859896474
  • Publisher: University of Exeter Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Series: Representing American Culture Series
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Neil Campbell is professor of American studies at the University of Derby and the author or coauthor of several books, including The Cultures of the American New West, American Cultural Studies, and The Rhizomatic West.

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Table of Contents

Introduction - the radiant hour - on youth cultural studies
    Neil Campbell Fresh contacts - global culture and the concept of generation
    Charles R. Acland Children of the revolution - fiction takes to the streets
    Elizabeth Young Disposable youth/disposable futures - the crisis of politics and public life
    Henry A. Giroux How Katy lied -pictures of joy and pain - "What Katy Did" and other American girls' stories
    Jenny Robinson Ideologies of youth and the Bildungsromane  
    S.E. Hinton
"Something you can't unhear" - youth, history and the west in Larry Watson's "Montana 1948"
    Neil Campbell Teensomething -American youth programming in the 1990s
    Simon Philo; 
The body's in the trunk - (re-)presenting generation X
    Jon Lewis.

Neil Campbell is Head of American Studies at the University of Derby. He is co-author of American Cultural Studies (1997) and author of Cultures of the New West (2000).

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