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When rock star Bono told Oprah Winfrey that America is an ideal that is supposed to be contagious, the talk show host was moved to tears. Such an imagined America, rather than the nation-state USA, is the topic of Fabricating the Absolute Fake. Pop and politics become intertwined, as Hollywood, television, and celebrities spread the American Dream around the world. Using concepts such as the absolute fake and karaoke Americanism, the book examines this global mediation as well as the way America is appropriated in pop culture produced outside of the USA, as demonstrated by such diverse cultural icons as the Elvis-inspired crooner Lee Towers and the Moroccan-Dutch rapper Ali B. This revised and extended edition includes a new chapter on Barack Obama and Michael Jackson as global celebrities and a new afterword on teaching American pop culture.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Additional Acknowledgements
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  1. Introduction: Fabricating the Absolute Fake
  2. pp. 11-22
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  1. 1. We Are the World: America’s Dominance in Global Pop Culture
  2. pp. 23-42
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  1. 2. The Oprahification of 9/11: America as Imagined Community
  2. pp. 43-68
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  1. 3. The Desert of the Real: America as Hyperreality
  2. pp. 69-94
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  1. 4. Americans We Never Were: Dutch Pop Culture as Karaoke Americanism
  2. pp. 95-120
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  1. 5. The Dutch Dream: Americanization, Pop Culture, and National Identity
  2. pp. 121-146
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  1. 6. Yes We Can, This Is It: America and Celebrity Culture
  2. pp. 147-168
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  1. Conclusion: Let’s Make Things Better
  2. pp. 169-174
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  1. Afterword: Teaching the Absolute Fake
  2. pp. 175-186
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 187-208
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Index
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  1. Back cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789048519552
Related ISBN
9789089645593
MARC Record
OCLC
1226560583
Launched on MUSE
2020-12-17
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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