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Combs, James E.

Overview
Works: 57 works in 243 publications in 2 languages and 11,380 library holdings
Genres: History  Humor  Catalogs  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Composer, Other
Classifications: JA74, 070.19
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Most widely held works about James E Combs
 
Most widely held works by James E Combs
Nightly horrors : crisis coverage by television network news by Dan D Nimmo( Book )

11 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 866 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mediated political realities by Dan D Nimmo( Book )

19 editions published between 1982 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 818 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Polpop : politics and popular culture in America by James E Combs( Book )

6 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 601 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book discusss various components of popular culture and the effects they have on politics. Some of the areas of mass culture which are discussed are: popular dramas, folk heritage, the Western myth, sports, religion, media, propaganda, and show business
Subliminal politics : myths & mythmakers in America by Dan D Nimmo( Book )

6 editions published in 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Reagan range : the nostalgic myth in American politics by James E Combs( Book )

8 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 485 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Presidency of Ronald Reagan is now history, and obviously much has been written about this remarkable political personage. The literature on Reagan ranges from historical accounts and journalistic interpretations to memoirs and kiss-and-tell revelations. Astonishingly, however, little has been done linking Reagan to the American popular culture that spawned and trained him and which he intuitively understood and used so well. This book is an attempt to make sense out of Reagan by linking him to various grassroots dimensions of American popular mythology and mind. The argument is made that Reagan's political success can be understood in part by seeing him as part of the revivified nostalgic myth that so informs and shapes American political life, of which he was the latest successful representative. By looking at Reagan as a nostalgic representation, we then gain insight into our desire to link the American past with the present and understand more fully what the mythic past, and its current political representation, means to us. Reagan meant something deeper to us as a people than merely a political ideology and an agenda, and it is the burden of this book to attempt illumination of that meaning. If the reader can take away from it deeper understanding of both Reagan and the America he proclaimed, then she or he can gain access to the warp and woof of popular knowledge, the true subject of the book, and the real source of Reagan's appeal. The book ranges over the images and institutions of Reagan country: the town, the family, the business, the church, and throughout the personality who represented these nostalgic formations to us. It attempts to utilize a variety of sources from American and popular culture studies, works on Reagan, and popular materials such as movies to offer an interpretation of Reagan as an exemplar of the political relevance and power of popular culture. Although it does not ignore the material and circumstantial aspects of the rise of Reagan, essentially the book deals with a popular country of the mind
Drama in life : the uses of communication in society by James E Combs( Book )

14 editions published in 1976 in English and Undetermined and held by 476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bringing together 35 of the most notable contributions of authors such as Kenneth Burke, Erving Goffman, and Eric Berne, this book provides an introduction to the dramaturgical perspective of social actions. Selections stem from the conception that many "real-life" actions and events can most adequately be understood in terms of drama. Included are discussions concerned with social theory, social interactions, roles, social psychology, social movements, ritual and ceremony, leadership, mass communications, and journalism research, as well as applied fields such as advertising and political-campaign management. (Author/KS)
The political pundits by Dan D Nimmo( Book )

8 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 445 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The comedy of democracy by James E Combs( Book )

8 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Orwellian moment : hindsight and foresight in the post-1984 world by Robert L Savage( Book )

6 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 429 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American political movies : an annotated filmography of feature films by James E Combs( Book )

3 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Film propaganda and American politics : an analysis and filmography by James E Combs( Book )

7 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Phony culture : confidence and malaise in contemporary America by James E Combs( Book )

5 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As the United States nears the twenty-first century, many of its citizens are troubled by the sense that something is wrong. Even though it is argued that our national situation is good, there persists the widespread feeling that somehow we are on the wrong social and historical track. It is the contention of this book that much of this dis-ease stems from our construction of a phony culture, a culture dominated by the value of the confidence man and woman. The book demonstrates the transformation of America into a culture of artifice, where the practices of confidence tend to make everything and everybody into a phony. The author explores the various dimensions of our cultural phoniness, ranging over phony language, phony people, phony places and things, phony events, phony deals, and phony politics
The new propaganda : the dictatorship of palaver in contemporary politics by James E Combs( Book )

11 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and Indonesian and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Movies and politics : the dynamic relationship by James E Combs( Book )

10 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in English and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Play world : the emergence of the new ludenic age by James E Combs( Book )

12 editions published in 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The dynamics of play - The pragmatics of play - The futuristics of play : the prospect for the ludenic condition
Dimensions of political drama by James E Combs( Book )

7 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Polpop 2 : politics and popular culture in America today by James E Combs( Book )

6 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wit's end : making sense of the great movies by James E Combs( Book )

8 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is a study of the 'Great Movies', that fluid category of feature films deemed by various authorities - film societies, critics, academics, and movie enthusiasts - to be the enduring and memorable works of cinematic history. But what are they about? In 'Wit's End', the author attempts to 'make sense' of these films in order to understand their greatness in the context of their relation to other films and to the worlds they come from and recreate on screen. To that end, we employ the conceptual power of pragmatic social theory and the rich idea of aesthesis to explore and arrange these films as a means of understanding what they express about the universality of human life in our keen use of wit, organization of social wont, and direction of cultural way. It is hoped that such an inquiry will illuminate the glory of the great films and contribute to the advance of film studies. --Product Description
Comic grace : we mortal fools in movie comedy by James E Combs( Book )

7 editions published in 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Comic Grace' is Comb's third book on the movies for Cambridge Scholars Publishing. These books hardly form a trilogy, but they do express a pragmatic interest of the author; namely, the aspects of movies that we have not adequately studied. More specifically, the first, Movie Time, examines the inadequately understood temporal appearance of movies, in movies set in the past, the present, and the future, attempting to make sense of such questions as to why certain past periods still fascinate, how an emergent present is accompanied by cinematic treatment, and what kind of futures we like to speculate about by watching alternative futures on film. This temporal interest was complemented in the second book, Wit's End by examination of qualitative interest, discussing how and why certain movies come to be regarded and remembered by the movie culture as great and memorable
Movie time by James E Combs( Book )

8 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Movie Time is a study of temporal mythmaking in American popular movies. The work is rooted in American pragmatic philosophy and contemporary traditions of inquiry in the social sciences and humanities. It proceeds on the premise that social beings and s
 
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The Reagan range : the nostalgic myth in American politics
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Combs, James.

Combs, James 1941-

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The Reagan range : the nostalgic myth in American politicsThe political punditsThe comedy of democracyPhony culture : confidence and malaise in contemporary AmericaPlay world : the emergence of the new ludenic agePolpop 2 : politics and popular culture in America todayWit's end : making sense of the great moviesMovie time