ConFiguring America: Iconic Figures, Visuality, and the American Identity

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Klaus Rieser, Michael Fuchs, Michael Phillips
Intellect Books, 2013 - 292 Seiten
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Elvis Presley. Marilyn Monroe. LeBron James. They're all American, of course, but like many cultural figures who hail from the United States, they have names and faces known the world over. ConFiguring America brings together a series of incisive essays that analyze a wide range of such figures: those who embody America's tendency to produce celebrities and iconic personalities with global reach. Drawing on theoretical insights from a variety of fields—including cultural iconography, visual culture, star studies, and history—a diverse group of international contributors sheds light on how these figures and their media representations construct America's image beyond its borders. An important addition to an expanding field, ConFiguring America will deepen readers' understanding of celebrity, iconography, and their worldwide implications.

 

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Inhalt

Icons and the Struggle over Meaning
23
Just Like You But Not Like Us Staging National Belonging Multiracial Femininity and Collective Memory in the American Girl Family
25
Behind the Brown Mask Joe Louis Face and the Construction of Racial Mythologies
47
LeBron James and the Web of Discourse Iconic Sports Figures and Semantic Struggles
65
Appropriating Iconic Figures
93
O Superman The Many Faces of the Man of Steel
95
Thirty Are Better Than One Marilyn Monroe and the Performance of Americanness
115
Queering Cowboys Queering Futurity The ReConstruction of American Cowboy Masculinity
133
The Embodiment of a Nation The Iconicity of Uncle Sam and the Construction of a Conflicted National Identity
169
Lois Lane The Making of a Girl Reporter
195
War in Four Colors The Battle between Superman and Captain America for Americas Hearts and Minds during World War II
217
Myth and Materiality The Duality of Grace Kelly
239
Its Own Special Attraction Meditations on Martyrdom and the Iconicity of Civil Rights Widows
257
Contributors
277
Index
283
Back Cover
293

Iconizing Radical Change How Gary Cooper Led Poland to Freedom
149
The Mutability and Abstraction of Iconic Figures
167

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Über den Autor (2013)

Klaus Rieser is associate professor of American Studies at the University of Graz, where Michael Fuchs teaches American literature and Michael Phillips is a lecturer in English.

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