The Films of the Nineties: The Decade of Spin

The Films of the Nineties: The Decade of Spin

by W. Palmer

Paperback(1st ed. 2009)

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The Films of the Nineties: The Decade of Spin by W. Palmer

The Films of the Nineties of a real-to-reel cultural analysis of the 1990s. Drawing on the theories of postmodern philosophers Jean Baudrillard and Jean-Francois Lyotard, this volume scrutinizes films and television shows such as Forrest Gump, Philadelphia, Titanic, Shrek, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and The West Wing with an eye trained on implicit attitudes about notions of reality and objective truth. Through these readings, Palmer chronicles the concept of "spin," the power to turn history to one's own agenda, a concept that emerged as the major sociopolitical persuasion strategy of the decade. In a world changed by the AIDS epidemic, the Clinton Presidency, hip-hop, gay rights, and the redefinition of sexuality, the traditional conceptions of reality broke down and spin became a powerful force. The Films of the Nineties is an extensive analysis that dissects hundreds of individual works- but it is also a social, political, and sexual history of one of the most lively and complex decades of the twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781349378005
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 02/05/2016
Edition description: 1st ed. 2009
Pages: 254
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.02(d)

About the Author

William J. Palmer is Professor of Literature and Film in the English Department at Purdue University.

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