Welcome to the Dreamhouse Popular Media and Postwar Suburbs

ISBN-10: 0822326965
ISBN-13: 9780822326960
Edition: 2001
Authors: Lynn Spigel
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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 6/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 440
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

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 post-war 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 phenomenon, 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 post-war 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 analyses the current nostalgia for baby boom era family ideals that runs through contemporary images of new household media technologies.Containing some of Spigel's well-known essays on television's cultural history as well as new essays on a range of topics dealing with popular visual culture, Welcome to the Dreamhouse is important reading for students and scholars of media and communications studies, popular culture, American studies, women's studies, and sociology.

Introduction
TV Households
The Suburban Home Companion: Television and the Neighborhood Ideal in Postwar America
Portable TV: Studies in Domestic Space Travel
White Flight
From Domestic Space to Outer Space: The 1960s Fantastic Family Sit-Com
Baby Boom Kids
Seducing the Innocent: Television and Childhood in Postwar America
Innocence Abroad: The Geopolitics of Childhood in Postwar Kid Strips
Living Room to Gallery
High Culture in Low Places: Television and Modern Art, 1950-1970
Barbies without Ken: Femininity, Feminism, and the Art-Culture System
Rewind and Fast Forward
From the Dark Ages to the Golden Age: Women's Memories and Television Reruns
Yesterday's Future, Tomorrow's Home
Index

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