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Authenticity in North America


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Introduction Hyper-Authenticity 1. The Kept Weird: US American Weird Fiction and cities 2. Something Like a Circus or a Sewer': The Thrill and Threat of New York City in American Culture 3. "That Chinese guy is where you go if you want egg foo yung": Construction and Subversion of Exotic Culinary Authenticity in David Wong Louie's The Barbarians are Coming 4. Good Authentic Vibrations: The Beach Boys, California, and Pet Sounds 5. A Western Skyline I swear I can see: affective critical rurality expressed through contemporary Americana music 6. 'We Sure Didn't Know': Laura Gilpin, Mary Ann Nakai, and Cold War Politics on the Navajo Nation 7. Opening the Memory Boxes: Magical Hypereality, Authenticity and the Haida People 8. The Authenticity Paradox and the Western 9. Playing at Westworld - Gunfighters and Saloon Girls at the Tombstone Helldorado Festival 10. Hidden in the Mountains: Celebrating Swedish Heritage in Rural Pennsylvania 11. The Triumph of Trolls: The Making, Re-making and Commercialization of Heritage Identity 12. 'It is yet too soon to Write the History of the Revolution': Fashioning the Memory of Thomas Paine 13. Familiarity breeds content: shaping the nostalgic drift in postbellum plantation life-writing 14. Only Going One Way? Due South's Role in Sustaining Canadian Television

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Dr Jane Lovell worked at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and at Canterbury City Council, where she staged events including sculpture and international light shows. At Canterbury Christ Church University, Jane specialises in teaches Heritage and Creative Industry management and Creative Places. A cultural geographer, visiting fellow at the British Library and Associate Fellow at the UCL Institute of the Americas, she explores tourism, authenticity and places, magical spaces, film locations and researches the light installations that she continues to stage.Dr Sam Hitchmough is Senior Lecturer in American Indian History at the University of Bristol, where he is also Director of Teaching/Programme Director in the History Department. He was previously Programme Director for American Studies at Canterbury Christ Church University. His research interests include the Red Power movement, the intersection between patriotism, protest and national narratives, Buffalo Bill's Wild West Shows in the UK, and the use of American Indian imagery in British popular culture.

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