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The Great American Makeover

Television, History, Nation

Editors: Heller, D. (Ed.)

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The Great American Makeover is a collection of essays that explore the American makeover mythos that has been recently repackaged in the form of popular makeover television programs such as Extreme Makeover, The Swan, Supernanny, and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.

About the authors

DANA HELLER is Professor of English and Director of the Humanities Institute at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, USA.

Reviews

'The Great American Makeover historicizes the makeover mania that has taken over contemporary television and shows how the recurring promise of personal transformation that unites makeovers past and present intersects with art, consumer culture, citizenship, gender and race. An important and timely contribution to critical studies of popular culture.' - Laurie Ouellette, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota; Co-editor of Reality TV: Remaking Television Culture


Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Before: “Things Just Keep Getting Better…”

    Heller, Dana

    Pages 1-7

  • A Theatrical Manager:John Brown and the Radical Politics of the American Makeover Mythos

    Trodd, Zoe

    Pages 11-31

  • Plantation Makeover: Joel Chandler Harris’s Myths and Violations

    Pamplin, Claire

    Pages 33-49

  • Making over the New Adam

    Crawley, Melissa

    Pages 51-64

  • What Paris Reveals: The Sartorial and Sensual Transformation of American Girls

    Chase, Alisia G.

    Pages 65-83

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eBook $29.99
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  • ISBN 978-0-312-37617-8
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  • Included format: PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $115.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4039-7483-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $38.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4039-7484-6
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Great American Makeover
Book Subtitle
Television, History, Nation
Editors
  • D. Heller
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Dana Heller
eBook ISBN
978-0-312-37617-8
DOI
10.1057/9780312376178
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-7483-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4039-7484-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 246
Number of Illustrations and Tables
9 b/w illustrations
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