9780813177304-0813177308-Pop Culture and the Dark Side of the American Dream: Con Men, Gangsters, Drug Lords, and Zombies

Pop Culture and the Dark Side of the American Dream: Con Men, Gangsters, Drug Lords, and Zombies

ISBN-13: 9780813177304
ISBN-10: 0813177308
Author: Cantor, Paul A.
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Format: Hardcover 224 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780813177304
ISBN-10: 0813177308
Author: Cantor, Paul A.
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Format: Hardcover 224 pages

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Acknowledged authors Cantor, Paul A. wrote Pop Culture and the Dark Side of the American Dream: Con Men, Gangsters, Drug Lords, and Zombies comprising 224 pages back in 2019. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0813177308 and 9780813177304. Since then Pop Culture and the Dark Side of the American Dream: Con Men, Gangsters, Drug Lords, and Zombies textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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The many con men, gangsters, and drug lords portrayed in popular culture are examples of the dark side of the American dream. Viewers are fascinated by these twisted versions of heroic American archetypes, like the self-made man and the entrepreneur. Applying the critical skills he developed as a Shakespeare scholar, Paul A. Cantor finds new depth in familiar landmarks of popular culture. He invokes Shakespearean models to show that the concept of the tragic hero can help us understand why we are both repelled by and drawn to figures such as Vito and Michael Corleone or Walter White.

Beginning with Huckleberry Finn and ending with The Walking Dead, Cantor also uncovers the link between the American dream and frontier life. In imaginative variants of a Wild West setting, popular culture has served up disturbing―and yet strangely compelling―images of what happens when people move beyond the borders of law and order. Cantor demonstrates that, at its best, popular culture raises thoughtful questions about the validity and viability of the American dream, thus deepening our understanding of America itself.

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