By Will Kaufman
The Seventies was once a culturally vivid interval. Will Kaufman addresses the dominant cultural kinds of the 1970s—fiction and poetry; tv and drama; movie and visible tradition; well known tune and magnificence; public area and spectacle—and the decade's such a lot influential figures and texts, from the writer Toni Morrison to the tv sequence, All within the kin, from Diane Arbus to Bruce Springsteen, from M.A.S.H. to Taxi driving force, and from disco divas to protestors of the Vietnam struggle. Proving there is extra to the last decade than polyester and narcissism, American tradition within the Seventies seriously reengages with certainly one of America's such a lot misunderstood eras. (9/1/09)
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Arguably, this way madness lies. 20 Such impressions threaten to overwhelm our sense of what precisely made the 1970s the seventies, as one of many recent cultural products indicates. The Fox Network’s long-running sitcom, That Seventies Show (1998–2006) situates its characters in a small Wisconsin suburb in the years 1976–9. What is it in particular that makes it a ‘70s show’, given that its teenage characters undergo crises and rites of passage that would be experienced by teens in other decades as well – sexual The Intellectual Context 5 exploration, ‘hanging out’, family relationships, balancing school and after-school demands?
Xxix Chronology Film Television Popular Music Visual Culture Hal Ashby, Coming Home John Carpenter, Halloween Michael Cimino, The Deer Hunter Francis Ford Coppola, The Godfather, Part II Michael Crichton, Coma Martin Scorsese, The Last Waltz First appearance of the Blues Brothers on Saturday Night Live First broadcast of the Super Bowl on CBS The Smithsonian Institution receives Archie and Edith Bunker’s chairs from the set of All in the Family Mini-series: Centennial, The Bastard, Holocaust Significant premieres: Fantasy Island, Dallas, Taxi, Mork and Mindy, Battlestar Galactica Final broadcasts of The Six Million Dollar Man, Police Woman, The Bob Newhart Show, Maude, Columbo, Rhoda and Chico and the Man The Dead Kennedys form Blondie, Parallel Lines Bob Dylan, Street Legal Parliament, Funkentelechy vs the Placebo Syndrome and The Motor-Booty Affair Kenny Rogers, ‘The Gambler’ Bruce Springsteen, Darkness on the Edge of Town Gordon Matta-Clark dies Norman Rockwell dies Dan Flavin, Untitled (to the Real Dan Hill) Helen Frankenthaler, Cleveland Symphony Orchestra Jenny Holzer, Inflammatory Essays Roy Lichtenstein, Lamp Dennis Oppenheim, Cobalt Vectors: An Invasion George Segal, Abraham and Isaac Tom Wesselmann, Bedroom paintings xxx American Culture in the 1970s Date Events Criticism Literature Drama 1979 US and China formally establish diplomatic relations.
Among the most important and revolutionary of these interrogations of American power came not from the field of political science or international relations, but rather literary criticism: Edward Said’s Orientalism (1978). Although its primary focus is on European colonialism’s construction of the East as ‘other’, Orientalism raises a host of questions about American assumptions of a ‘stable’ world order and the place of the United States in that order. For those who have experienced the rise of Middle Eastern anti-Americanism and of Islamist fundamentalism in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, Said’s Orientalism offers many signposts on the road to that pass.