Normal view MARC view ISBD view

The dustbin of history /

by Marcus, Greil.
Type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1995Description: 274 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0674218574 (alk. paper).Subject(s): Popular culture -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Arts, Modern -- 20th century -- United States | Arts, American | Popular culture -- History -- 20th century | Arts, Modern -- 20th century | History, Modern -- 20th century
Contents:
Sketch -- The dustbin of history in a world made fresh -- History lesson -- The mask of Dimitrios -- Myth and misquotation -- A single revelation : on Peter Handke's "Short letter, long farewell" -- Götterdämmerung after twenty-one years : on Nazi-hunting thrillers -- You could catch it : on Gus Debord's "Panegyric" -- Dylan as historian : on "Blind Willie McTell" -- Happy endings : on E.L. Doctorow's "Ragtime" and Robert Altman's "Nashville" -- Cowboys and Germans : on Wim Wenders's "Emotion pictures" -- Cowboy boots and Germans : on "A Susan Sontag reader" -- The Bob McFadden experience : on "The Beat generation CD box set" -- The expanding vacant spot : on Dale Maharidge and Michael Williamson's "And their children after them" -- Jan and Dean as purloined letter : on "Dead man's curve : the story of Jan and Dean" -- Dead man's curve : on "American hot wax" -- When you walk in the room : on Robert Johnson -- Cretins, fools, morons, and lunatics : on Umberto Eco's "Foucault's pendulum" -- Old-time religion : on Camille Paglia's "Sexual personae" -- A change in the weather : on "The Book of J" -- Lost and found : on the exhibition "Ice age art" -- Escape from New York : on Herschel Chipp's "Picasso's 'Guernica'" -- A dream of the Cold War : on "The Manchurian candidate" -- John Wayne listening -- Germany in a second language : on Peter Schneider's "The wall jumper" -- The Deborah Chessler story -- Think we might get some rain?
Summary: It is the history in the riff, in the movie or novel or photograph, in the actor's pose or critic's posturing - in short, the history is cultural happenstance - that the author reveals here, exposing along the way the distortions and denials that keep us oblivious if not immune to its lessons. Whether writing about the Beat Generation or Umberto Eco, Picasso's 'Guernica' or the massacre in Tiananmen Square, 'The Manchurian Candidate' or John Wayne's acting, Eric Ambler's antifascist thrillers or Camille Paglia, he uncovers the histories embedded in our cultural moments and acts, and shows how, through our reading of the truths our culture tells and those it twists and conceals, we situate ourselves in that history and in the world.
Item type Location Collection Call number Status Date due
Books-14days Books-14days Bissell Library
General Stacks Upper Level
Non Fiction 973.9 MAR (Browse shelf) Available

Includes bibliographical references (p. [253]-259) and index.

Sketch -- The dustbin of history in a world made fresh -- History lesson -- The mask of Dimitrios -- Myth and misquotation -- A single revelation : on Peter Handke's "Short letter, long farewell" -- Götterdämmerung after twenty-one years : on Nazi-hunting thrillers -- You could catch it : on Gus Debord's "Panegyric" -- Dylan as historian : on "Blind Willie McTell" -- Happy endings : on E.L. Doctorow's "Ragtime" and Robert Altman's "Nashville" -- Cowboys and Germans : on Wim Wenders's "Emotion pictures" -- Cowboy boots and Germans : on "A Susan Sontag reader" -- The Bob McFadden experience : on "The Beat generation CD box set" -- The expanding vacant spot : on Dale Maharidge and Michael Williamson's "And their children after them" -- Jan and Dean as purloined letter : on "Dead man's curve : the story of Jan and Dean" -- Dead man's curve : on "American hot wax" -- When you walk in the room : on Robert Johnson -- Cretins, fools, morons, and lunatics : on Umberto Eco's "Foucault's pendulum" -- Old-time religion : on Camille Paglia's "Sexual personae" -- A change in the weather : on "The Book of J" -- Lost and found : on the exhibition "Ice age art" -- Escape from New York : on Herschel Chipp's "Picasso's 'Guernica'" -- A dream of the Cold War : on "The Manchurian candidate" -- John Wayne listening -- Germany in a second language : on Peter Schneider's "The wall jumper" -- The Deborah Chessler story -- Think we might get some rain?

It is the history in the riff, in the movie or novel or photograph, in the actor's pose or critic's posturing - in short, the history is cultural happenstance - that the author reveals here, exposing along the way the distortions and denials that keep us oblivious if not immune to its lessons. Whether writing about the Beat Generation or Umberto Eco, Picasso's 'Guernica' or the massacre in Tiananmen Square, 'The Manchurian Candidate' or John Wayne's acting, Eric Ambler's antifascist thrillers or Camille Paglia, he uncovers the histories embedded in our cultural moments and acts, and shows how, through our reading of the truths our culture tells and those it twists and conceals, we situate ourselves in that history and in the world.

Bissell Library Home | Bissell Hours Eleftheriades Library Home | Eleftheriades Hours
American College of Thessaloniki
Bissell Library
17 Sevenidi ST, Thessaloniki, GR 55535 | Tel: +302310398390 | Fax:+3023103989392 | Email: actlib@act.edu
Anatolia College
Eleftheriades Library
50 Kennedy Ave, Thessaloniki, GR 55510 | P.O. Box 21021 | Tel: +302310398352 | E-mail: aclib@anatolia.edu.gr
Powered by Koha