Animation and the American Imagination: A Brief History
by Gordon B. Arnold
Praeger, 2016 (ISBN 978-1440833595)
Animation and the American Imagination: A Brief History presents a concise, unified picture that brings together divergent strands of the story so readers can make sense of the flow of animation history in the United States. The book emphasizes the overall shape of animation history by identifying how key developments emerged from what came before and from the culture at large. It covers the major persons and studios of the various eras; identifies important social factors, including the Great Depression, World War II, the counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s, and the struggles for civil rights and women’s rights; addresses the critical role of technological and aesthetic changes; and discusses major works of animation and the responses to them.
“Arnold presents readers with a comprehensive examination of the ways in which animated cartoons … have informed the imagination of the American people. ” —Book News Reviews
“Top Community College Resource” — Choice (June 2017)
Conspiracy Theory in Film, Television, and Politics
by Gordon B. Arnold
Praeger, 2008 (ISBN 978-0-275-99462-4)
Since the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the narratives of motion pictures and television productions have often reflected the idea that conspiracies shape many events, hide others, and generally dictate much of the course of modern life, often to the disadvantage of the average person. Since that time, conspiracy theories have developed into a potent undercurrent in American politics, as well, so that it is not unusual to find conspiracies used as explanations for a wide range of political events that would otherwise seem to have ordinary explanations.
Author Gordon Arnold examines the evolution of this cultural climate in the United States. Conspiracy Theory in Film, Television, and Politics examines the intersection of film and television productions in the context of unfolding political developments. The chapters follow this story chronologically, showing how screen media have both reflected and shaped the cultural milieu in which traumatic events and political controversies have been interpreted with increasing cynicism. The work also reviews the original contexts in which film, television, and political manifestations of conspiracy ideas first appeared.
“Conspiracy Theory in Film, Television, and Politics provides a strong historical overview of conspiracy theory offering examples and explanations of how conspiracy theory explanations have penetrated mainstream American thought. From the evolution of social and political events nurturing popular ideas of various conspiracy theories to how conspiracies were interpreted in film, TV and politics, this is an excellent in-depth survey suitable for any college-level library strong in social issues.”—The Midwest Book Review
“Arnold … places seeming conspiracies in the context of the histories of the social and political cultures that harbor them or invoke them as explanations of otherwise inexplicable events.… Recommended.” — Choice