Mad Men: A Cultural History

Mad Men: A Cultural History

by M. Keith Booker, Bob Batchelor


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442261457
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 05/15/2016
Series: Cultural History of Television Series
Pages: 316
Sales rank: 1,281,231
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

M. Keith Booker is professor of English and director of the Program in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of Arkansas. He has written or edited more than 40 books on literature and popular culture. His books include Drawn to Television: Prime-Time Animated Series from The Flintstones to Family Guy (2006) and Historical Dictionary of American Cinema (2011).

Bob Batchelor is a cultural historian who has written or edited more than 25 books on popular culture, modern American literature, and mass communications. Among his books are John Updike: A Critical Biography (2013) and Gatsby: The Cultural History of the Great American Novel (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: A Mad Age xi

Part I Mad Men as America 1

1 Who Is Don Draper? 3

2 Mad Men and the American Dream 19

3 Mad Men, Bad Men: American Vices 37

Part II Mad Men and Culture 57

4 A Mad Men Reading List 59

5 The Music of Mad Men: Satisfaction Not Guaranteed 73

6 Mad Men and the Movies 89

7 The Science Fiction of Mad Men 103

Part III Mad Men and History 119

8 Mad Men and Nostalgia 121

9 Mad Men vs. the Youth Counterculture of the 1960s 141

10 Mad Men Goes West: California Dreamin' 157

Part IV Mad Women 171

11 Joan: The Feminine Ideal? 173

12 Peggy: Creating the Modem Woman 189

13 Betty: Diary of a Mad Housewife 205

Conclusion 221

The Episodes: An Opinionated Compendium 237

Bibliography 281

Index 287

About the Authors 293

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