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The Cambridge Companion to John F. Kennedy


Part of Cambridge Companions to American Studies

Eoin Cannon, Paul Giles, Mary Ann Watson, Sean McCann, Douglas Field, Andrew Preston, Amanda McVety, Vaugh Rasberry, John Hellmann, Lee Konstantinou, Peter Knight, J. D. Connor, Sally Bachner, Michael Trask, Robert Mason, Loren Glass
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  • Date Published: July 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107048102

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  • John F. Kennedy remains central to both the American and the global imagination. Featuring essays by leading literary critics, historians, and film scholars, The Cambridge Companion to John F. Kennedy addresses such topics as Kennedy's youth in Boston and his time at Harvard, his foreign policy and his role in reshaping the US welfare state, his relationship to the civil rights and conservative movements, and the ongoing reverberations of his life and death in literature and film. Going beyond historical or biographical studies, these chapters explore the creation and afterlife of an icon, a figure who still embodies - and sparks debate about - what it means to be American.

    • Bridges historical and literary/cultural analysis
    • Provides differing views of a significant figure clouded by conjecture and myth
    • Boasts a roster of Kennedy scholars who offer an accessible introduction to the former president
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    • Date Published: July 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107048102
    • length: 288 pages
    • dimensions: 231 x 152 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Kennedy, Boston, and Harvard Eoin Cannon
    2. Kennedy and the Catholic Church Paul Giles
    3. The Kennedy–Nixon debates: the launch of television's transformation of US politics and popular culture Mary Ann Watson
    4. 'Investing in persons': the political culture of Kennedy liberalism Sean McCann
    5. JFK and the civil rights movement Douglas Field
    6. Kennedy, the Cold War, and the national security state Andrew Preston
    7. JFK and modernization theory Amanda McVety
    8. JFK and the global anticolonial movement Vaughn Rasberry
    9. Kennedy and postwar intellectual culture John Hellmann
    10. The Camelot presidency: Kennedy and postwar style Lee Konstantinou
    11. The Kennedy assassination and postmodern paranoia Peter Knight
    12. An eternal flame: the Kennedy assassination, national grief, and national nostalgia J. D. Connor
    13. Free the world and your ass will follow: JFK and revolutionary freedom in sixties youth culture Sally Bachner
    14. The Kennedy family romance Michael Trask
    15. Kennedy and the conservatives Robert Mason
    16. The Kennedy legacy: from hagiography to exposé and back again Loren Glass.

  • Editor

    Andrew Hoberek, University of Missouri, Columbia
    Andrew Hoberek is Associate Professor of English at the University of Missouri. He is also the author of The Twilight of the Middle Class: Post-World War II American Fiction and White-Collar Work and Considering Watchmen: Poetics, Property, Politics. Hoberek has published in Modern Fiction Studies, Modern Language Quarterly, Studies in American Fiction, American Literary History, and Contemporary Literature. He currently serves as the book review editor for Twentieth-Century Literature.


    Eoin Cannon, Paul Giles, Mary Ann Watson, Sean McCann, Douglas Field, Andrew Preston, Amanda McVety, Vaugh Rasberry, John Hellmann, Lee Konstantinou, Peter Knight, J. D. Connor, Sally Bachner, Michael Trask, Robert Mason, Loren Glass

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