Visions of Belonging: Family Stories, Popular Culture, and Postwar Democracy, 1940-1960 [NOOK Book]


-- Elaine May, author of Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era

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Visions of Belonging: Family Stories, Popular Culture, and Postwar Democracy, 1940-1960

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-- Elaine May, author of Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231509268
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 8/14/2012
  • Series: Popular Cultures, Everyday Lives
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 1,136,001
  • File size: 10 MB

Meet the Author

Judith E. Smith is professor of American studies at University of Massachusetts Boston and the author of Family Connections: A History of Italian and Jewish Immigrant Lives in Providence, Rhode Island, 1900-1940.

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Table of Contents

1 Ordinary families, popular culture, and popular democracy, 1935-1945
Radio's formula drama 7
Popular theater and popular democracy 10
Popular democracy on the radio 14
Popular democracy in wartime : multiethnic and multiracial? 21
Representing the soldier 24
The new world of the home front 28
Soldiers as veterans : imagining the postwar world 33
2 Making the working-class family ordinary : A tree grows in Brooklyn
From working-class daughter to working-class writer 44
Revising 1930s radical visions 47
Remembering a working-class past 49
Instructing the middle class 52
The ethnic and racial boundaries of the ordinary 54
Making womanhood ordinary 59
Hollywood revises A tree grows in Brooklyn 62
The declining appeal to Tree's social terrain 71
3 Home front harmony and remembering Mama
"Mama's bank account" and other ethnic working-class fictions 78
Remembering mama on the stage 84
The mother next door on film, 1947-1948 89
Mama on CBS, 1949-1956 97
The appeal of TV Mama's ordinary family 104
4 Loving across prewar racial and sexual boundaries
Lillian Smith and Strange fruit 111
Quality reinstates the color line 117
Strange fruit as failed social drama 123
The returning Negro soldier, interracial romance, and Deep are the roots 128
Interracial male homosociability in Home of the brave 134
5 Seeing through Jewishness
Perception and racial boundaries in Focus 142
Policing racial and gender boundaries in The brick foxhole 145
Recasting the victim in Crossfire 150
Deracializing Jewishness in Gentleman's agreement 156
6 Hollywood makes race (in)visible
"A great step forward" : the film Home of the brave 170
Lost boundaries : racial indeterminacy as whiteness 174
Pinky : racial indeterminacy as blackness 184
Trading places or no way out? 198
7 Competing postwar representations of universalism
The "truly universal people" : Richard Durham's Destination freedom 208
The evolution of Arthur Miller's ordinary family 215
Miller's search for "the people," 1947-1948 220
The creation of an ordinary American tragedy : Death of a Salesman 223
The rising tide of anticommunism 233
8 Marital realism and everyman love stories
Marital realism before and after the blacklist 244
The promise of live television drama 255
Paddy Chayefsky's Everyman ethnicity 259
Conservative and corporate constraints on representing the ordinary 267
Filming television's ordinary : Marty's everyman romance 274
9 Reracializing the ordinary American family : Raisin in the sun
Lorraine Hansberry's south side childhood 284
Leaving home, stepping "deliberately against the beat" 290
The Freedom family and the black left 293
"I am a writer" : Hansberry in Greenwich Village 304
Raisin in the sun : Hansberry's conception, audience reception 310
Frozen in the frame : the film of Raisin 322
Vision of belonging 325
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