Critical accommodations: Washington, Hollywood, and the World War II housing shortage

Krutnik, Frank (2007) Critical accommodations: Washington, Hollywood, and the World War II housing shortage. Journal of American Culture, 30 (4). pp. 417-433. ISSN 1542-7331

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Abstract

This article explores the extraordinary currency that the Washington housing crisis achieved during World War as a topic of popular joking. Looking at films, radio broadcasts, posters and other contemporary materials, I argue that the housing crisis provided a cultural scenario through which wartime audiences and the popular media could address (and express) ambivalent responses to the official paradigms of dutiful citizenship. In particular, I examine how a cycle of Hollywood films, mostly romantic comedies, make use of the housing crisis as a springboard for stories that examine the broader social and emotional accommodations required within the mobilized culture of wartime.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Depositing User: Frank Krutnik
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:54
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2012 12:17
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/28670
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