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Through a Screen Darkly
Popular Culture, Public Diplomacy, and America's Image Abroad

Martha Bayles

What does the world admire most about America? Science, technology, higher education, consumer goods—but not, it seems, freedom and democracy. Indeed, these ideals are in global retreat, for reasons ranging from ill-conceived foreign policy to the financial crisis and the sophisticated propaganda of modern authoritarians. Another reason, explored for the first time in this pathbreaking book, is the distorted picture of freedom and democracy found in America's cultural exports.

In interviews with thoughtful observers in eleven countries, Martha Bayles heard many objections to the violence and vulgarity pervading today's popular culture. But she also heard a deeper complaint: namely, that America no longer shares the best of itse...


2014   336 pp.   -   Cloth ISBN: 9780300123388  $30.00
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Eruv
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Eruv
 



The Poetry of Kabbalah
Mystical Verse from the Jewish Tradition
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Arcadian America
The Death and Life of an Environmental Tradition
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The Brazen Plagiarist
Selected Poems
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Panaesthetics
On the Unity and Diversity of the Arts
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Wilfred Owen
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Winter Mythologies and Abbots
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Trans-Atlantyk
An Alternate Translation
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Jews and Words
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Severina
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Diasporas of the Mind
Jewish and Postcolonial Writing and the Nightmare of History
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The Erotic Doll
A Modern Fetish
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Selected Poems
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The Beecher Sisters
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The Danube
A Journey Upriver from the Black Sea to the Black Forest
 



Lillian Hellman
An Imperious Life
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My Bondage and My Freedom
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Reading Dante
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Yale French Studies, Number 124
Walter Benjamin’s Hypothetical French Trauerspiel
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