Radiant Hour

Versions of Youth in American Culture

Neil Campbell

Radiant Hour
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Neil Campbell

Distributed for University of Exeter Press

232 pages | 9-1/2 x 6-2/5
Cloth $85.00 ISBN: 9780859896474 Published January 2000 For sale in North and South America only
This book of interdisciplinary essays explores how youth has been represented in American culture.  The book focuses on familiar literary, film and television texts set within a framework of ideas drawn from cultural and social theory, presenting innovative and challenging analyses of new and classic texts from the 1890s to the 1990s.
 
The collection contributes to the necessary and important debate over the meanings of youth representation within American culture, emphasising the ideological nature of youth and its centrality to a complex reading of popular culture. 
 
In particular, the book examines issues of gender, race and sexuality as central to the construction of youth identity and to the other significant relationships between youth and authority.  It deliberately asserts the contradictions in youth representations and denies any easy definitions that might serve to compound stereotypes or sustain vested interests.
Contents
Introduction - the radiant hour - on youth cultural studies
    Neil Campbell
Fresh contacts - global culture and the concept of generation
    Charles R. Acland
Children of the revolution - fiction takes to the streets
    Elizabeth Young
Disposable youth/disposable futures - the crisis of politics and public life
    Henry A. Giroux
How Katy lied -pictures of joy and pain - "What Katy Did" and other American girls' stories
    Jenny Robinson
Ideologies of youth and the Bildungsromane  
    S.E. Hinton
"Something you can't unhear" - youth, history and the west in Larry Watson's "Montana 1948"
    Neil Campbell
Teensomething -American youth programming in the 1990s
    Simon Philo; 
The body's in the trunk - (re-)presenting generation X
    Jon Lewis.
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