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Title:
Mass-Market Fiction and the Crisis of American Liberalism, 1972–2017
Author:
Blouin, Michael J. author.
ISBN:
9783319893877
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Physical Description:
IX, 253 p. online resource.
Contents:
1. Introduction: Popular Paperbacks and the Transformation of American Liberalism -- 2. The Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic of Mass-Market Fiction -- 3. Danielle Steel and New Home Economics -- 4. Michael Crichton and the Heritage of Invention -- 5. Tom Clancy and the Liberal Family Tree -- 6. John Grisham and the New Economy Thriller -- 7. Dean Koontz and the Problem with Power.
Abstract:
Mass-Market Fiction and the Crisis of American Liberalism, 1972–2017 tracks the transformation of liberal thought in the contemporary United States through the unique lens of the popular paperback. The book focuses on cultural shifts as they appear in works written by some of the most widely-read authors of the last fifty years: the idea of love within a New Economy (Danielle Steel), the role of government in scientific inquiry (Michael Crichton), entangled political alliances and legacies in the aftermath of the 1960s (Tom Clancy), the restructured corporation (John Grisham), and the blurred line between state and personal empowerment (Dean Koontz). To address the current crisis, this book examines how the changed character of American liberalism has been rendered legible for a mass audience.
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