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Memories of My Father Watching TV (American Literature)

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Only in America, and only since the 1950s, has the watching of television become the communal ground, often the battle ground, of fathers and sons, as well as the place through which the rest of family experience is played out, fought out, remembered, misremembered, and made into myth and trauma — the shows watched and loved, the shows that became the trigger for resentments, the shows that would be fought over, the box of shadowy caves that washed over mute bodies in the "TV room" (formerly known as the "living room"). In the background, as children fit or did not fit into the family mythology of good and bad TV, their budding imaginations recorded every hurt, near hurt, or imagined hurt which depressed, silent, nearly catatonic fathers could inflict upon them.

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Memories of My Father Watching TV has as its protagonists television shows, around which the personalities of family members are shaped. The shows have a life of their own and become the arena of shared experience. And in Curtis White's hands, they become a son's projections of what he wants for himself and his father through characters in "Combat", "Highway Patrol", "Bonanza", and other television shows (and one movie) from the 1950s and '60s. Comic in many ways, Memories is finally a sad lament of a father-son relationship that is painful and tortured, displayed against a background of what they most shared, the watching of television, the universal American experience.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781564781895
Author:
White, Curtis
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Location:
Normal, IL :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Fathers and sons
Subject:
Television viewers -- United States -- Fiction.
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Fathers and sons -- Fiction.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Dalkey Archive
Series:
American Literature (Dalkey Archive)
Publication Date:
19980631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
158
Dimensions:
8.50x5.57x.58 in. .47 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Memories of My Father Watching TV has as its protagonists television shows, around which the personalities of family members are shaped. The shows have a life of their own and become the arena of shared experience. And in Curtis White's hands, they become a son's projections of what he wants for himself and his father through characters in "Combat", "Highway Patrol", "Bonanza", and other television shows (and one movie) from the 1950s and '60s. Comic in many ways, Memories is finally a sad lament of a father-son relationship that is painful and tortured, displayed against a background of what they most shared, the watching of television, the universal American experience.
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