Magic Kingdom Walt Disney and the American Way of Life

ISBN-10: 0395835879
ISBN-13: 9780395835876
Edition: 1997 (Teachers Edition, Instructors Manual, etc.)
Authors: Steven Watts
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Description: The Magic Kingdom is a full-length investigation of the life of Walt Disney, arguably the principal architect of mass culture in our time. By mid-century, "Uncle Walt" had become an American icon and was universally acknowledged as the spokesman for  More...

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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 1/12/1998
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 608
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.090
Language: English

The Magic Kingdom is a full-length investigation of the life of Walt Disney, arguably the principal architect of mass culture in our time. By mid-century, "Uncle Walt" had become an American icon and was universally acknowledged as the spokesman for the American way of life; yet, paradoxically, he was instrumental in changing our social assumptions. Probing Disney's public life as a creative entrepreneur, Steven Watts argues that Disney reflected a central irony of modern American culture: while proclaiming a genuine allegiance to the values of an earlier age (self-reliance, the work ethic, the culture of domesticity, sexual inhibition), he also took the lead in creating the modern world of consumer self-fulfillment. His great creations - from Mickey Mouse to Disneyland - embody the transformation of American popular culture, moving from the satirical edge of what Watts calls the "sentimental populism" of the Depression era to the uncritical, celebratory "sentimental libertarianism" of the Cold War. Watts also digs deeply into Disney's private life, investigating his roles as husband, father, and brother and providing fresh insight into his peculiar psyche - his genuine folksiness and warmth, his domineering treatment of colleagues and friends, his deepest prejudices and passions. Full of colorful sketches of daily life at the Disney Studio and tales about the creation of Disneyland and Disney World, The Magic Kingdom offers a definitive view of one of the most influential Americans in the twentieth century.

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Illustrationsp. xvii
Introductionp. xix
The Road to Hollywood
Disney and the Rural Romancep. 3
Young Man Disney and Mickey Mousep. 24
The Entertainer as Success Iconp. 42
The Disney Golden Age
Disney and the Depression: Sentimental Populismp. 63
Disney and the Depression: Populist Parablesp. 83
The Entertainer as Artist: Sentimental Modernismp. 101
Of Mice and Men: Art Critics and Animatorsp. 120
Disney and American Culturep. 143
The Fantasy Factoryp. 164
The Engineering of Enchantmentp. 183
Trouble in Fantasyland
Animation and Its Discontentsp. 203
Disney and the Good Warp. 228
Disney's Descentp. 243
The Search for Directionp. 263
Disney and the American Century
Cold War Fantasiesp. 283
Disney and National Securityp. 303
Disney and Domestic Securityp. 323
Citizen Disneyp. 346
Disney and the Culture Industryp. 361
The Happiest Place on Earthp. 383
Pax Disneyanap. 404
It's a Small World, After Allp. 425
Epiloguep. 446
Notesp. 455
Bibliographic Essayp. 509
Indexp. 513
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