Real Phonies: Cultures of Authenticity in Post-World War II America
The epithet “phony” was omnipresent during the postwar period in the United States. It was an easy appellation for individuals who appeared cynically to conform to codes of behavior for social approbation or advancement. Yet Holly Golightly “isn’t a phony because she’s a real phony,” says her agent in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. In exploring this remark, Abigail Cheever examin...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by University of Georgia Press
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
(showing 1-10 of 9)
Exhaustive, erudite, fascinating read of the notion of subjectivity and how it is produced, in a thorough examination of non-fiction and fiction works from the 1950’s (Rebel Without a Cause, The Catcher in the Rye) through to the end of the century (Jerry Maguire, Six Degrees of Separation.) Cheever works through cultural conceptions of authenticity in chapters examining: Teenagers, Madness/Depression Narratives, Serial Killers, Jewishness, Performativity and the Corporate Narrative, and Collage...more