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Type of Resource: text

Genre: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Issuance: single unit

Date Created: Fall 2013

Date Issued: 2013

Publisher: Florida Atlantic University

Physical Form: Online Resource

Extent: 92 p.

Language(s): English

Summary: This thesis takes a cultural studies approach to representations of post-war U.S.suburbia in Richard Yates’ 1961 novel Revolutionary Road, as well as in thecontemporary AMC television series Mad Men. These texts explore the postwar timeperiod, which holds a persistently prominent and idealized space in the collective culturalimagination of America, despite the fact that it was a period troubled by isolationism,containment culture, rampant consumerism, and extreme pressure to conform to socialroles. This project disrupts the romantic narrative of postwar America by focusing on thelatent anxiety within the suburban landscape—by interrogating the performative nature ofthe planned communities of the 1950s and 1960s and exposing the tensions that wereborne out of the rise of domesticity and consumerism. This project explores the descentinto a society obsessed with consumerism and conformity, and seeks to interrogate theculture’s false nostalgia for the time period.

Identifier: FA0004031 (IID)

Note(s): Includes bibliography.Thesis (M.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2013.

Subject(s): Families -- United States -- History -- 20th centuryMad Men (Television program) -- Criticism and interpretationNostalgiaSuburban life -- 20th century -- Criticism and interpretationSuburban life -- 20th century -- Social aspectsTelevision programs -- Social aspects

Held by: Florida Atlantic University Digital Library

Sublocation: Boca Raton, Fla.

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Owner Institution: FAU



Author: Kiley, Erin M, author Ulin, Julieann Dr., Thesis advisor Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, Degree grantor

Source: http://fau.digital.flvc.org/islandora/object/fau%3A13075



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