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Cool: a postwar aesthetic and mode of being

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This thesis examines cool and coolness, both as word and as mode of affective deportment. It treats cool as an historical and literary phenomenon in late twentieth-century Anglo-American culture, during the period between 1945 and the present day. From relatively obscure origins among the subcultures of nineteen-forties African-American inner-city communities, this word, and its cognate forms of disposition towards personal and political agency, diffused through society in the course of th...

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Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
University of Oxford

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