Contamination and containment: representing the pathologised other in 1950s American cinema
Hinchliffe, Alexander (2010) Contamination and containment: representing the pathologised other in 1950s American cinema. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
This thesis examines the complex role played by film in the maintenance of an American “self” in opposition to a series of politically and culturally defined pathological “Others” in the 1950s. I reveal how popular imagery and political rhetoric combined to link domestic “deviants” such as juvenile delinquents, homosexuals, domineering or passive mothers and drug addicts with the Communist “Other,” portraying each as essentially pathological, an insidious and sickly threat to the health of the American home and family.
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