By Peter N. Stearns
Cool. the concept that has extraordinarily American features and it permeates nearly each element of latest American tradition. From Kool cigarettes and the Peanuts cartoon's Joe Cool to West aspect Story (Keep cool, boy.) and concrete slang (Be cool. sit back out.), the belief of cool, in its many manifestations, has seized a valuable position in our vocabulary.
Where did this preoccupation with cool come from? How was once Victorian tradition, probably so ensconced, changed with the present emotional establishment? From whence got here American Cool?
These are the questions Peter Stearns seeks to respond to during this well timed and fascinating volume.
American Cool focuses largely at the transition a long time, from the erosion of Victorianism within the Nineteen Twenties to the solidification of a funky tradition within the Sixties. past describing the features of the hot instructions and the way they altered or amended previous criteria, the ebook seeks to give an explanation for why the swap occured. It then assesses many of the results and longer-range effects of this transformation.
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American Cool: Constructing a Twentieth-Century Emotional Style (History of Emotions) by Peter N. Stearns