Sensing the Past: Hollywood Stars and Historical Visions

Sensing the Past: Hollywood Stars and Historical Visions

by Jim Cullen

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How do perceptions of the past—not just of particular events, but of the trajectory of history as a whole—shape our experience of the world? Sensing the Past tackles this question with an unlikely source of historical insight—the work of six major Hollywood stars: Clint Eastwood, Daniel Day-Lewis, Denzel Washington, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, and Jodie Foster. By focusing on the career choices made by these iconic actors, Cullen uncovers a discrete set of historical narratives, revealing the surprising ways historical forces shape our understanding of the world.

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ISBN-13: 9780199927661
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 01/09/2013
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jim Cullen teaches history at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York City. He is the author of The American Dream: A Short History of an Idea that Shaped a Nation, Born in the U.S.A.: Bruce Springsteen and the American Tradition, and other books. Cullen is also a book review editor at the History News Network. He lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.

Table of Contents

Chapter One Tending to the Flock: Clint Eastwood, Ambivalent Wanderer
Chapter Two Daniel Day-Lewis and the Frontier in American History
Chapter Three Equal Work: The Mystique of Meryl Streep
Chapter Four Denzel Washington, Affirmative Actor
Chapter Five Team Player: Tom Hanks, Company Man
Chapter Six The Brave One: Jodie Foster, American Loner

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