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"Mad Men" is a zeitgeist show of the early twenty-first century. This book demonstrates, partly because its characters are an earlier, confused and conflicted version of ourselves, trying to make the best of a future unfolding at breakneck speed.
Since premiering in July 2007, Mad Men has won many awards and been syndicated across the globe. Its imprint is evident throughout contemporary culture—from TV advertisements and magazine covers to designer fashions and online debate. Its creator, Matthew Weiner, a former executive producer on The Sopranos, has again created compelling, complex characters, this time in the sophisticated, go-go world of Madison Avenue of the 1960s, with smoking, drinking, and the playing out of prejudices and anxieties of an era long neglected in popular culture. As Edgerton and a host of other well-known contributors demonstrate here, Mad Men is a zeitgeist show of the early twenty-first century.
Every very few years a new television program comes along to capture and express the zeitgeist. Mad Men is now that show. Since premiering in July 2007, it's won numerous awards, is syndicated across the globe, and its imprint is evident throughout contemporary culture. Series' creator Matthew Weiner, a former executive producer on The Sopranos, presents another set of compelling, complex characters. They are living out the American dream. Then why are they so unhappy? Why is their 'dream come true' not enough? Mad Men explores, analyzes and celebrates this cutting-edge TV drama and popular phenomenon. It also includes an interview with the show's Executive Producer Scott Hornbacher and an episode guide.
Gary R Eager: ix is Eminent Scholar, Professor, and Chair of the Communication and Theatre Arts Department at Old Dominion University. He has published eight books, more than seventy-five essays on a wide assortment of media and culture topics, and is co-editor of the Journal of Popular Film and Television.
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'If it's too easy, then usually there's something wrong': an interview with Mad Men's executive producer Scott Hornbacher / Brian Rose
Don Draper confronts the maddest men of the sixties: Bob Dylan and George Lois / Ron Simon
pt. 2. Visual and aural stylistics and influences. 'Smoke gets in your eyes': historicizing visual style in Mad Men / Jeremy G. Butler
Uneasy listening: music, sound, and criticizing Camelot in Mad Men / Tim Anderson
Suggestive silence in season one / Maurice Yacowar
pt. 3. Narrative dynamics and genealogy. Learning to live with television in Mad Men / Horace Newcomb
Space ships and time machines: Mad Men and the serial condition / Sean O'Sullivan
'The catastrophe of my personality': Frank O'Hara, Don Draper and the poetics of Mad Men / David Lavery
pt. 4. Sexual politics and gender roles : Mad women / Mimi White
Women on the verge of the second wave / Mary Beth Haralovich
The best of everything: the limits of being a working girl in Mad Men / Kim Akass and Janet McCabe
pt. 5. Cultural memory and the American dream. Men behaving as boys: the culture of Mad Men / William Siska
The strange career of Mad Men: race, paratexts and civil rights memory / Allison Perlman
Mad Men: a roots tale of the information age / David Marc
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