Peanuts and American Culture: Essays on Charles M. Schulz's Iconic Comic Strip

Peanuts and American Culture: Essays on Charles M. Schulz's Iconic Comic Strip

by Peter W.Y. Lee


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Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz insisted good ol' Charlie Brown and his friends were neither "great art" nor "significant." Yet Schulz's acclaimed daily comic strip—syndicated in thousands of newspapers over five decades—brilliantly mirrored tensions in American society during the second half of the 20th century.
Focusing on the strip's Cold War roots, this collection of new essays explores existentialism, the reshaping of the nuclear family, the Civil Rights Movement, 1960s counterculture, feminism, psychiatry and fear of the bomb. Chapters focus on the development of Lucy, Peppermint Patty, Schroeder, Franklin, Shermy, Snoopy and the other characters that became American icons.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476671444
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 05/27/2019
Pages: 211
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Peter W.Y. Lee has written many articles on film and comic books. He lives in Simi Valley, California.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction: Not a Peanut Gallery 1

“Good grief, I thought it was the fallout”: Charlie Brown

and the Long ’50s (Cliff Starkey) 9

Two Different Worlds: Adults, Children and Their

Relationship (Olaf Meuther) 29

Listening to Charlie Brown: Musicians and Music Making

as Cold War Era Critique (Tom Zlabinger) 49

To Hell with Franklin: Spilling Ink on the Color Line (Peter W.Y. Lee) 82

Be a Good Spaceman, Charlie Brown: Charles M. Schulz

and the Space Race (Peter W.Y. Lee) 102

Little Girls with Big Voices: How Charles Schulz’s Girl Characters Challenge the Patriarchy in Which They Are Trapped (Erin C. Callahan) 121

“The Doctor Is IN”: Gender, Space and Power in Lucy’s Psychiatric Booth (Catherine W. Zipf) 141

No Room for Normality: Shermy and Postwar Childhood (Peter W.Y. Lee) 159

Cold War Snoopy, or, Do Beagles Dream of Electric Bunnies? (Jessica K. Brandt) 178

About the Contributors 199

Index 201

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