Mass Media and Mass Culture/Popular Culture

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Akin, William.  Technocracy and the American Dream.  Berkeley: University of California Press, 1982.

Ashby, LeRoy.  With Amusement for All: A History of American Popular Culture Since 1930.  Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2006.

Batiste, Stephanie Leigh.  Darkening Mirrors: Imperial Presentation in Depression Era African American Performance.  Durham: Duke University Press, 2011.

Beaty, Bart. Fredric Wertham and the Critique of Mass Culture. Jackson: University of Mississippi Press, 2005.

Behnken, Brian D., and Gregory D. Smithers.  Racism in American Popular Media: From Aunt Jemima to the Frito Bandito.  Santa Barbara: Praeger, 2015.

Best, Gary Dean.  The Nickel and Dime Decade: American Popular Culture during the 1930s.  Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 1993.

Bledstein, Burton J. and Robert D. Johnson, eds. The Middling Sorts: Explorations in the History of the American Middle Class. New York: Routledge, 2001.*

Blumin, Stuart M.  The Emergence of the Middle Class: Social Experience in the American City, 1760-1900. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1989. 

Boorstin, Daniel.  The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America.  New York: Atheneum, 1961.

Boyer, Paul.  By the Bomb’s Early Light: American Thought and Culture at the Dawn of the Atomic Age. New York: Pantheon, 1985. 

Boyer, Paul.  The Urban Masses and Moral Order in America, 1820-1920. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1978. 

Braudy, Leo.  The Frenzy of Renown: Fame and Its History.  New York: Oxford University Press, 1986.

Brooks, Daphne.  Bodies in Dissent: Spectacular Performances of Race and Freedom, 1850-1910.  Durham: Duke University Press, 2011.

Brown, Jayna.  Babylon Girls: Black Women Performers and the Shaping of the Modern.  Durham: Duke University Press, 2008.

Brundage, W. Fitzhugh, ed.  Beyond Blackface: African Americans and the Creation of American Popular Culture, 1890-1930.   Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2011.

Bushman, Richard L.  The Refinement of America: Persons, Houses, Cities.  New York: Knopf, 1992.

Butsch, Richard, ed. For Fun and Profit: The Transformation of Leisure Into Consumption. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1990.* 

Butsch, Richard.  Making American Audiences: From Stage to Television.  New York: Columbia University Press, 2000.

Butsch, Richard.  The Citizen Audience: Crowds, Publics, and Individuals. New York: Routledge, 2008.

Cherry, Robert.  Why the Jews? How Jewish Values Transformed Twentieth Century Pop Culture.  Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2022.

Coontz, Stephanie. The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap.  New York: Basic Books, 1992.

Cottrell, Robert C.  Icons of American Popular Culture: From P. T. Barnum to Jennifer Lopez.  Armonk: Sharpe, 2010.

Cox, Karen L. “The South and Mass Culture.” Journal of Southern History 75 (August 2009): 677–690.

Crowley, John E.  The Invention of Comfort: Sensibilities and Design in Early Modern Britain and Early America.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001.

Douglas, Ann. The Feminization of American Culture. New York: Knopf, 1977.

Engelhardt, Tom.  The End of Victory Culture: Cold War America and the Disillusioning of a Generation.  New York: Basic Books, 1995.

Enstad, Nan.  Ladies of Labor, Girls of Adventure: Working Women, Popular Culture, and Labor Politics at the Turn of the Twentieth Century.  New York: Columbia University Press, 1999.

Erdman, Andrew.  Blue Vaudeville: Sex, Morals, and the Mass Marketing of Amusement, 1895-1915.  Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2004.

Frost, Linda.  Never One Nation: Freaks, Savages, and Whiteness in U.S. Popular Culture, 1850-1877.  Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2005.

Gorman, Paul R.  Left Intellectuals and Popular Culture in Twentieth-Century America.  Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1996.

Hale, Grace Elizabeth. A Nation of Outsiders: How the White Middle Class Fell in Love with Rebellion in Postwar America. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Halttunen, Karen.  Confidence Men and Painted Women: A Study of Middle-Class Culture in America, 1830-1870. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1982.

Heinze, Andrew.  Adapting to Abundance: Jewish Immigrants, Mass Consumption, and the Search for American Identity. New York: Columbia University Press, 1990.

Henriksen, Margot A.  Dr. Strangelove’s America: Society and Culture in the Atomic Age. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997.

Hilkey, Judy A.  Character is Capital: Success Manuals and Manhood in Gilded Age America.  Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1997.

Inniss, Sherrie.  Disco Divas: Women and Popular Culture in the 1970s.  Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003.

Jones, Darryl, Elizabeth McCarthy, and Bernice M. Murphy, eds. It Came From the 1950s! Popular Culture, Popular Anxieties. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

Kammen, Michael.  American Culture, American Tastes: Social Change and the 20th Century.  New York: Knopf, 1999. 

Kenna, Laura Cook. “Dangerous Men, Dangerous Media: Constructing Ethnicity, Race, and Media’s Impact through the Gangster Image, 1959–2007.”  PhD dissertation, George Washington University, 2007. 

Kibler, M. Alison.  Rank Ladies: Gender and Cultural Hierarchy in American Vaudeville.  Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1999.

Kibler, M. Alison.  Censoring Racial Ridicule: Irish, Jewish, and African American Struggles Over Race and Representation.  Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2015.

Kuznick, Peter J. and James Gilbert, eds., Rethinking Cold War Culture. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2001.* 

Levine, Lawrence W.  Highbrow/ Lowbrow: The Emergence of Cultural Hierarchy in America. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1988. 

Lieberson, Stanley.  A Matter of Taste: How Names, Fashion, and Culture Change.  New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000.

Lipsitz, George.  Class and Culture in Cold War America: A Rainbow at Midnight.  New York: Prager, 1981.

May, Elaine Tyler.  Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era. New York: Basic Books, 1988. 

May, Lary, ed., Recasting America: Culture and Politics in the Age of Cold War. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1989.* 

Meyerowitz, Joanne.  “Beyond the Feminine Mystique: A Reassessment of Postwar Mass Culture, 1946-1958.”  Journal of American History 19:4 (March 1993): 

Monoco, James, ed.  Celebrity: The Media as Image Maker.  New York: Dell, 1978.

Monod, David.  The Soul Pleasure: Sentiment and Sensation in Nineteenth-Century American Mass Entertainment.  Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2016.

Monod, David.  Vaudeville and the Making of Modern Entertainment, 1890-1925.  Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2020.

Pells, Richard.  Modernist America: Art, Music, Movies, and the Globalization of American Culture.  New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011.

Rodger, Gillian M.  Champagne Charlie and Pretty Jemima: Variety Theater in the Nineteenth Century.  Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2010.

Roth, Sarah N.  Gender and Race in Antebellum Popular Culture.  New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014.

Rubin, Joan Shelly.  The Making of Middlebrow Culture.  Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1992.  

Saxton, Alexander.  The Rise and Fall of the White Republic: Class Politics and Mass Culture in Nineteenth-Century America.  London: Verso Books, 1990. 

Smulyan, Susan. Popular Ideologies: Mass Culture at Mid-century. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007. 

Snyder, Robert W.  The Voice of the City: Vaudeville and Popular Culture in New York.  New York: Oxford University Press, 1989.

Spiegel, Lynn.  Welcome to the Dreamhouse: Popular Media and Postwar Suburbs.  Durham: Duke University Press, 2001.

Strychacz, Thomas.  Modernism, Mass Culture, and Professionalism.  New York: Cambridge University Press, 1993.

Susman, Warren I.  Culture as History: The Transformation of American Society in the Twentieth Century. New York: Pantheon, 1984. 

Toll, Robert C.  On With the Show: The First Century of Show Business in America.  New York: Oxford University Press, 1976.

Tone, Andrea.  Devices and Desires: A History of Contraception in America.  New York: Hill & Wang, 2001.

Van Deburg, William L.  New Day in Babylon: The Black Power Movement and American Culture, 1965-1975.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992. 

Walle, Alf H.  The Cowboy Hero and its Audience: Popular Culture as Market Derived Art.  Bowling Green: Bowling Green State University Press, 2000.

Whitfield, Stephen J.  The Culture of the Cold War. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991.

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