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    Rebellion and citizenship: Hannah Arendt, Jim Stark and American public life in the 1950s

    Loizidou, Elena (2005) Rebellion and citizenship: Hannah Arendt, Jim Stark and American public life in the 1950s. In: Slocum, J.D. (ed.) Rebel without a cause: Approaches to a Maverick Masterwork. New York, USA: State University of New York Press. ISBN 9780791466469.

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    Book synopsis: Assesses the layered meanings and persistent global legacy of an American film classic. Five decades after the production and initial release of Rebel Without a Cause, this book examines both the complicated historical moment in which the film was made as well as its continuing and pervasive influence on film today. The contributors track how the film continues to speak to diverse audiences as a touchstone for imagined anxieties over adolescence and coming-of-age, traditional values of family and community, threats from abroad, and the provocations of mass or consumer society. Although the specific sources and motivations for rebellion have shifted, what has persisted is the film’s singular power to represent rebellion in what could otherwise be seen as the everyday, and to move viewers to ponder its causes. "Having avidly read most of what has been published in English on James Dean over the past thirty years, I was delighted to encounter perspectives that succeed in offering such fresh, original, and creative analyses of the most celebrated film of this actor’s short career—analyses that open up new ways to read the film and the historical contexts of its production, distribution, and reception. This is a remarkable book from beginning to end, and each author substantially contributes to a greater appreciation of the film’s richness.” — Michael DeAngelis, author of Gay Fandom and Crossover Stardom: James Dean, Mel Gibson, and Keanu Reeves "This is an absolutely unique book and a real contribution to cinema studies. The contributors offer the reader not only a comprehensive history of the film, with all of the key players given their proper place in film history, but also present the reader with unmistakable evidence of the lingering impact of the film on contemporary cinema discourse.” — Wheeler Winston Dixon, author of Straight: Constructions of Heterosexuality in the Cinema


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    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Law School
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2019 16:36
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