The American Success Myth On Film, Authored By Babson Prof Julie Levinson, Explores American Attitudes Toward Success, Work, And Social Class
WELLESLEY, Mass., Aug. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The American Success Myth On Film, authored by Babson College Film Professor Julie Levinson, looks at movies as bearers of modern myths and explores how they shed light on the ideological contradictions at the heart of the American idea of success.
The American Success Myth on Film explores the enduring appeal that the success myth exerts on the country’s collective imagination and highlights the central role that films have played in the ongoing cultural conversation about success and work in America. The book’s central ideas are highly pertinent to the ongoing political conversation about success and work in America.
Levinson’s detailed analyses of a range of movies from the late 1920s to the present are grounded in the history of rags-to-riches tales and the social function of myth. Her observations reveal the persistent, but sometimes hidden, attitudes about success that underlie our American self-image, public discourse, and personal ideals.
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About The Author
Julie Levinson is a film professor at Babson College, USA. She has been the film curator for several organizations including the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston and New England Foundation for the Arts. Her publications have focused on genre films, gender representation, and metafictive narrative. Faculty page: http://www.babson.edu/faculty/profiles/pages/levinson-julie.aspx
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