Martin Halliwell will discuss the major cultural forms of the 1950s and the ways in which themes of authority and resistance were woven into the fabric of mid-century American society. Often remembered as a decade of cultural conservatism, he will demonstrate just how contested many cultural expressions were in the 1950s United States. This visually illustrated talk will draw from examples of 1950s theatre, literature, film and the visual arts to show how the politics of this fascinating decade are explored and questioned through its cultural forms.
Martin Halliwell is Professor of American Studies and Head of the School of Arts at the University of Leicester. His authored books include American Culture in the 1950s, Therapeutic Revolutions: Medicine, Psychiatry, and American Culture, 1945–1970, Voices of Mental Health: Medicine, Politics, and American Culture, 1970–2000, and Neil Young: American Traveller.
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