Analyzing Mad Men: Critical Essays on the Television Series by Scott F. Stoddart

By Scott F. Stoddart

AMC's episodic drama Mad males has develop into a cultural phenomenon, detailing America's preoccupation with commercialism and picture within the Camelot of Nineteen Sixties Kennedy-era the US, whereas self-consciously exploring present preoccupations. The 12 severe essays during this assortment provide a extensive, interdisciplinary method of this hugely proper tv exhibit, analyzing Mad males as a cultural barometer for modern issues with consumerism, capitalism and sexism. subject matters contain New Historicist parallels among the Sixties and the current day, psychoanalytical ways to the express, the self as commodity, and the "Age of Camelot" as an "Age of Anxiety," between others. an in depth solid record and episode consultant are integrated.

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In this essay Whitman focuses on the future of American democracy and the future of American literature, which, he argues, are essentially intertwined: “above all previous lands, a great original literature is surely to become the justification and reliance (in some respects the sole reliance of American democracy)” (458). , of a country are of importance principally because they furnish the materials and suggestions of personality for the women and men of that country, and enforce them in a thousand effective ways” (476).

And there is a gradual sloughing of the old skin, towards a new youth. It is the myth of America” (54). The reverse-aging process of the novels leaves us with the already Adamic Bumppo again reborn, setting off into the frontier. ” 1. “We’ll start over like Adam and Eve” (Hernandez & Holmberg) 23 Like Bumppo, Huck Finn’s rebirth is one born of his desire to escape civilization. When Huck initially flees down the river, he does so alone, with the sole object being (similar to Don) his escape from an abusive father.

On the postwar home front, these figures had to navigate through a social minefield where women increasingly worked (at least until they caught a husband), earned their own money, and experienced independence, yet this same world still touted one feminine ideal while issuing contrary sexual pressures. This created a conundrum for both sexes, as is evidenced in Mad Men. For example, Don seems to like and respect women, but he has a harder time taking “ladies” seriously, and this double standard places a great strain on his marriage.

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