Exploring the Next Frontier: Vietnam, NASA, Star Trek and Utopia in 1960s and 70s American Myth and History

Author:   Matthew Wilhelm Kapell
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
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9780367263966


Pages:   256
Publication Date:   22 March 2019
Format:   Paperback
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Exploring the Next Frontier: Vietnam, NASA, Star Trek and Utopia in 1960s and 70s American Myth and History


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The 1960s and early 70s saw the evolution of Frontier Myths even as scholars were renouncing the interpretive value of myths themselves. Works like Joe Haldeman's The Forever War exemplified that rejection using his experiences during the Vietnam War to illustrate the problematic consequences of simple mythic idealism. Simultaneously, Americans were playing with expanded and revised versions of familiar Frontier Myths, though in a contemporary context, through NASA's lunar missions, Star Trek, and Gerard K. O'Neill's High Frontier. This book examines the reasons behind the exclusion of Frontier Myths to the periphery of scholarly discourse, and endeavors to build a new model for understanding their enduring significance. This model connects NASA's failed attempts to recycle earlier myths, wholesale, to Star Trek's revision of those myths and rejection of the idea of a frontier paradise, to O'Neill's desire to realize such a paradise in Earth's orbit. This new synthesis defies the negative connotations of Frontier Myths during the 1960s and 70s and attempts to resuscitate them for relevance in the modern academic context.

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Author:   Matthew Wilhelm Kapell
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint:   Routledge
Weight:   0.440kg
ISBN:  

9780367263966


ISBN 10:   0367263963
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   22 March 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Not yet available   Availability explained
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Matthew Wilhelm Kapell holds Master's degrees in History and Anthropology and a Ph.D. in American Studies from Swansea University (UK). He has taught those disciplines as well as Film at multiple universities. Previous work includes books in Film and Digital Games and journal articles in African, Urban, and Utopian Studies.

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