Analyzing Mad Men: Critical Essays on the Television Series

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Scott F. Stoddart
McFarland, Jun 30, 2011 - Performing Arts - 284 pages
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AMC’s episodic drama Mad Men has become a cultural phenomenon, detailing America’s preoccupation with commercialism and image in the Camelot of 1960s Kennedy-era America, while self-consciously exploring current preoccupations. The 12 critical essays in this collection offer a broad, interdisciplinary approach to this highly relevant television show, examining Mad Men as a cultural barometer for contemporary concerns with consumerism, capitalism and sexism. Topics include New Historicist parallels between the 1960s and the present day, psychoanalytical approaches to the show, the self as commodity, and the “Age of Camelot” as an “Age of Anxiety,” among others. A detailed cast list and episode guide are included. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Contexts of Mad Men
13
The Politics of Mad Men
65
The Women of Mad Men
115
The Nostalgia of Man Men
205
Episode Guide and Cast List
253
About the Contributors
265
Index
269
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Scott F. Stoddart is an associate professor of English at John Jay College, CUNY, in New York City, where he teaches courses in American literature, cinema studies, and musical theatre history. He has written broadly about popular culture, literature and the arts on such topics as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Stephen Sondheim and the Coen brothers. He is also a host of the Sundance television series Love/Lust and a contributing correspondent to the PBS series American Icons.

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