Hollywood shot by shot: Alcoholism in American cinema

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Abstract

To what extent have Hollywood feature films shaped the meanings that Americans attach to alcoholics, their families, and the alcoholic condition? To what extent has the mass culture of the movie industry itself been conceptually shaped by a broad, external societal discourse? Norman Denzin brings to his life-long study of alcoholism a searching interest in how cultural texts signify and lend themselves to interpretation within a social nexus. Both historical and diachronic in his approach, Denzin identifies five periods in the alcoholism films made between 1932 and the end of the 1980s, and offers a detailed critical reading of thirty-seven films produced during these six decades.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages292
ISBN (Electronic)9781351515351
ISBN (Print)9780202303451
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

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Alcoholism
Hollywood
American Cinema
Diachrony
Nexus
Feature Films
Film Industry
1980s
Mass Culture
Discourse

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  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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Hollywood shot by shot : Alcoholism in American cinema. / Denzin, Norman K.

Taylor and Francis, 2017. 292 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

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