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 stripsyndicated in thousands of newspapers over five decadesbrilliantly 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.
|Publisher:||McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers|
|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