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American Culture in the 1950s

Fri 6 March, 5.30pm
Running Time: 1 hour

Martin Halliwell will discuss the dominant cultural forms of 1950s America: fiction and poetry; theatre and performance; film and television; music and radio; and the visual arts.

Through case studies of influential texts and events -- from Invisible Man to West Side Story, from Disneyland to the Seattle World's Fair, from Rear Window to The Americans – Halliwell’s book American Culture in the 1950s examines the way in which modernism and the cold war offer two frames of reference for understanding the trajectory of postwar culture.

Martin Halliwell is Professor of American Studies and Head of the School of Arts at the University of Leicester. His authored books include Voices of Mental Health: Medicine, Politics, and American Culture, 1970–2000; Therapeutic Revolutions: Medicine, Psychiatry, and American Culture, 1945–1970; American Culture in the 1950s; and Transatlantic Modernism.

The front cover of the book American Culture in the 1950s by Martin Halliwell

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