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Elvis Culture: Fans, Faith, and Image (Cultureamerica)

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It doesn't matter how you remember him—rockabilly rebel, all-American boy, B-movie idol, patriotic G.I., or Las Vegas superstar. Elvis Presley is the most enduring image in American popular culture. This book explains why.

Other authors have explored Elvis's life and music, but Erika Doss now examines his multifaceted image as the key to understanding the adulation that has survived his death. She has talked with fans and joined their clubs, studied their creations and made pilgrimages to Graceland, all to explore what these images mean to those who gaze upon them, make them, and collect them.

In researching Elvis Culture, Doss discovered that the visual image of Elvis endures because it was so carefully constructed from the start. Sifting through the visual glut of Elvisiana, she looks at how fans collect, arrange, and display Elvis paraphernalia, make Elvis artwork, and participate in the annual August rituals of Elvis Week. By engaging in these acts, she explains, they continually reinvent Elvis to mesh with their own personal and social preferences and to keep his memory alive.

Doss examines Elvis in specific contexts: as a religious icon honored in household shrines, as a focus of sexual fantasy for women and men (both straight and gay), as an inspiration for countless impersonators, and as an emblem of whiteness held in disdain by many blacks—despite his having crossed racial lines with his music. She also looks at how Elvis has become a sanitized, legally protected image controlled by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc., which bans the sale of black velvet paintings and licenses his likeness around the world.

As engrossing as it is informative, Elvis Culture strikingly demonstrates the power of pictures in our visual culture and reveals much about American attitudes toward religion, sex, race, and celebrity—as well as about the construction of American identity in the late twentieth century.

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Doss (fine arts and American studies, U. of Colorado-Boulder) examines the image of Elvis from a number of perspectives, including as a religious icon honored in household shrines, as a sexual fantasy for women and men, as an inspiration for impersonators, as a not- altogether positive emblem of whiteness for many blacks, and as a commodity to be protected by Elvis Presley Enterprises. B&w illustrations.
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Sifting through the visual glut of Elvismania, the author looks at how fans collect, arrange, and display Elvis paraphernalia, make Elvis artwork, and participate in the annual August rituals of Elvis Week. 67 photos.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Images of Elvis

Paying Homage to Elvis

Saint Elvis

Sexing Elvis

All-White Elvis

Who Owns Elvis?

Elvis Is America

Notes

Index

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salami1233, December 16, 2008 (view all comments by salami1233)
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I am an American Studies major at the University of Notre Dame and have had the most unpleasant experience with Professor Doss as an inapt professor and writer. The class that I have completed was Introduction to American Studies and one of the assigned readings was her own book "Elvis Culture." It stands testament to her inability to formulate cohesive arguments which tend to tangent off on to mildly relevant topics, which she animately views as the only logical way to make sense of topics which truly have no correct solution. This often leaves one with the sense that she must have done extensive research on American pop culture, and that she now loves her own opinions on subjective topics. This is a bad buy / author / class, and she has single handedly made me want to change my major.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780700609482
Author:
Doss, Erika
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Author:
Doss, Erika
Location:
Lawrence, Kan. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Rock
Subject:
Presley, elvis, 1935-1977
Subject:
Popular culture -- United States.
Subject:
Rock music fans.
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Rock
Subject:
Presley, Elvis - Influence
Subject:
Sociology - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Cultureamerica
Publication Date:
19990431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.61x6.15x1.08 in. 1.29 lbs.

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