This book charts the changing complexion of American culture in one of the most culturally vibrant of twentieth-century decades. It provides a vivid account of the major cultural forms of 1960s America - music and performance; film and television; fiction and poetry; art and photography - as well as influential texts, trends and figures of the decade: from Norman Mailer to Susan Sontag; from Muhammad Ali's anti-war protests to Tom Lehrer's stand-up comedy; from Bob Dylan to Rachel Carson; and from Pop Art to photojournalism. A chapter on new social movements demonstrates that a current of conservatism runs through even the most revolutionary movements of the 1960s and the book as a whole looks to the West and especially to the South in the making of the sixties as myth and as history. Key Features: * Focused case studies featuring key texts, genres, writers, artists and cultural trends * Detailed chronology of 1960s American culture * Bibliographies for each chapter * Over 30 black and white illustrations
Sharon Monteith is Professor of American Studies at the University of Nottingham. She is author of Advancing Sisterhood? Interracial Friendships in Contemporary Southern Fiction (2000) and Pat Barker (2002) and co-author of Film Histories (2007). Among other volumes she is co-editor of Gender and the Civil Rights Movement (1999; 2004) and South to a New Place: Region, Literature, Culture (2002).
List of Figures; List of Case Studies; Chronology of 1960s American Culture; Introduction: The Intellectual Context; 1. Music and Performance; 2. Film and Television; 3. Fiction and Poetry; 4. Art and Photography; 5. New Social Movements and Creative Dissent; Conclusion: The Cultural Legacy of the 1960s; Notes; Bibliogrpahy; Index.