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Gen X at Middle Age in Popular Culture
- Born roughly between 1964 and 1980, Generation X has received much less critical attention than the two generations that precede and follow it: the Baby Boomers and Millennials. This essay collection examines representations of Generation X in contemporary popular culture, including in television, movies, music, and internet sources. Drawing on generational theory, cultural studies theory, race theory, and feminist theory, the essays in this volume consider the past identities of Generation X, relationships with members of younger generations, modern appropriation of Generation X aesthetics, interactions of Generation X members with family, and the existential values of Generation X.
- Pamela W. Hollander is associate professor in the education department at Worcester State University in Massachusetts.
- Introduction: Gen X "Brings It" to Adulthood By Pam Hollander Chapter 1: Cobra Kai: Flipping the Script and Finding Intergenerational Balance By Jim Deys Chapter 2: The Countercultural Legacy of Generation X in Twin Peaks By Damon Franke Chapter 3: So Different Yet So Similar: Two Black Generation X Professors Discuss Life at the Half Century Mark By Elwood Watson & Zebulon Miletsky Chapter 4: The Revisionist 3Rs: Revolutionize your Revolutions around the Sun By Sarah Parker Chapter 5: The New Adult: A Media Comparison of Generation X, Millennials, and Generation Z By Lee Okan Chapter 6: From Latchkey Kid to Granny Nanny: How Gen X Shaped the Modern Family By Melissa Vosen Callens Chapter 7: Crimes of Trust: Middle-Aged Gen Xers In Ozark By Marty Rapp Chapter 8: "I Didn't Feel a Thing": The Gen X Trauma and Alternative Families in My Golden Days By Helena Gurfinkel Chapter 9: The Aging Dilemma in Forever: Generation X Asks What It Means to Live By Kellie Deys Appendix: Personal Essays on Generation X at Middle Age
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