Welcome to the Dreamhouse: Popular Media and Postwar Suburbs / Edition 1

Welcome to the Dreamhouse: Popular Media and Postwar Suburbs / Edition 1

by Lynn Spigel
ISBN-10:
0822326965
ISBN-13:
2900822326969
Pub. Date:
06/01/2001
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
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Welcome to the Dreamhouse: Popular Media and Postwar Suburbs / Edition 1

In Welcome to the Dreamhouse feminist media studies pioneer Lynn Spigel takes on Barbie collectors, African American media coverage of the early NASA space launches, and television's changing role in the family home and its links to the broader visual culture of modern art. Exploring postwar U.S. media in the context of the period's reigning ideals about home and family life, Spigel looks at a range of commercial objects and phenomena, from television and toys to comic books and magazines.

The volume considers not only how the media portrayed suburban family life but also how both middle-class ideals and a perceived division between private and public worlds helped to shape the visual forms, storytelling practices, and reception of postwar media and consumer culture. Spigel also explores those aspects of suburban culture that media typically render invisible. She looks at the often unspoken assumptions about class, nation, ethnicity, race, and sexual orientation that underscored both media images (like those of 1960s space missions) and social policies of the mass-produced suburb. Issues of memory and nostalgia are central in the final section as Spigel considers how contemporary girls use television reruns as a source for women's history and then analyzes the current nostalgia for baby-boom-era family ideals that runs through contemporary images of new household media technologies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900822326969
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
Publication date: 06/01/2001
Series: Console-ing Passions
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 440
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction1
Part ITV Households
The Suburban Home Companion: Television and the Neighborhood Ideal in Postwar America31
Portable TV: Studies in Domestic Space Travel60
Part IIWhite Flight
From Domestic Space to Outer Space: The 1960s Fantastic Family Sitcom107
Outer Space and Inner Cities: African American Responses to NASA141
Part IIIBaby Boom Kids
Seducing the Innocent: Childhood and Television in Postwar America185
Innocence Abroad: The Geopolitics of Childhood in Postwar Kid Strips219
Part IVLiving Room to Gallery
High Culture in Low Places: Television and Modern Art, 1950-1970265
Barbies without Ken: Femininity, Feminism, and the Art-Culture System310
Part VRewind and Fast Forward
From the Dark Ages to the Golden Age: Women's Memories and Television Reruns357
Yesterday's Future, Tomorrow's Home381
Index409

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