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DECONSTRUCTING REAGANISM: AN ANALYSIS OF AMERICAN FANTASY FILMS. Douglas E. Forster. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, 2014. 315 pp. ISBN 9781443858885 In English.
This title is offered as a special-order item. Publisher's description: As in so many other areas of American society, the political legacy of Ronald Reagan had an imposing presence in many contemporary American films, particularly between 1980 and 2000. Six films, which collectively represent the spectrum of Reaganism's most popular tropes, demonstrate quite compellingly that in celebrating nostalgically the blissful pleasantries of family stability and social order so essential to Reagan's political philosophy, an unsettling and unsatisfying mythology has been created about a period in which many Americans were acutely aware that something was missing, even if they could not pinpoint it at the time. This leads the critical viewer to largely unacknowledged subtexts in all six films that begin to reveal the contradictions, incoherencies, and paradoxes rooted in popular Reaganesque portrayals.
Indexing: Video/Film/Performance
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 162726
Hardcover $84.95 nota bene: See Comment Above.

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