Hooray for Hollywood!

A Cultural Encyclopedia of America's Dream Factory

by Bob Batchelor, Norma Jones, and Kathleen Turner, Editors


Hollywood has been the origin of entertainment culture for more than a century—for those in the United States and beyond.

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July 2018


Pages 796
Volumes 2
Size 7x10
Topics Popular Culture/Film
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How has Hollywood—as a place, an industry, a concept, and a myth—affected American culture as a whole? This book addresses this complex question.

By the 1920s, Hollywood was well established as a center of movie and entertainment production. In the nearly 100 years since, Hollywood hasn't just been a source of entertainment: it has served to transform our culture; mirrored society's interests, opinions, and concerns; and evolved our expectations of what life should be like—for better and for worse.

Hooray for Hollywood! A Cultural Encyclopedia of America's Dream Factory presents approximately 200 alphabetically arranged entries that examine exactly what Hollywood has meant to us. The entries cover such cultural topics as fashion, dance, and music; influential films, directors, and actors; as well as fascinating brief histories of logos or unusual facts about America's film industry. The entries also provide cross-references and include "Further Reading" sections that cite print and electronic resources appropriate for additional research. A selection of roughly 40 primary documents, each accompanied by an introductory headnote, gives students a first-hand look at the history of Hollywood and promotes critical thinking skills in support of Common Core State Standards.


  • Presents hundreds of A–Z entries that discuss Hollywood as a place, industry, concept, and myth in American popular culture, within a historical context as well as from the modern perspective of our Internet-enabled, social media-driven society
  • Supplies primary documents that present first-hand accounts of topics related to Hollywood
  • Includes a timeline that highlights key events in Hollywood history
Author Info

Bob Batchelor, PhD, is James Pedas Professor of Communication and executive director of the James Pedas Communication Center at Thiel College, and director of marketing and media for The John Updike Childhood Home Museum in Reading, PA. He received his undergraduate degrees at the University of Pittsburgh, his master's degree at Kent State University, and his doctorate in English at the University of South Florida. A noted cultural historian and biographer, Batchelor is the author or editor of 24 books, including Praeger's John Updike: A Critical Biography and three volumes in Greenwood's American Popular Culture through History series: The 1900s, The 1980s, and The 2000s. In addition, he edited Greenwood's four-volume American Pop: Popular Culture Decade by Decade; Praeger's three-volume Cult Pop Culture: How the Fringe Became Mainstream; and Praeger's three-volume American History through American Sports: From Colonial Lacrosse to Extreme Sports. His published work also includes articles in Radical History Review, The Journal of American Culture, The Mailer Review, The American Prospect Online, and Public Relations Review, as well as many book chapters. Batchelor is a member of the editorial advisory boards of The Journal of Popular Culture and International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning.

Norma Jones is a University Fellowship and David B. Smith Award recipient as well as a doctoral candidate in the College of Communication and Information at Kent State University. She examines heroic narratives in popular culture as they relate to cultural identities and representations. She is an associate editor for The Popular Culture Studies Journal, the official publication of the Midwest Popular Culture Association. With Bob Batchelor and Maja Bajac-Carter, she is also the coeditor of two companion volumes regarding heroines of popular culture (Heroines of Film and Television: Portrayals in Popular Culture and Heroines of Comic Books and Literature: Portrayals in Popular Culture). In addition to contributing to popular press books regarding business and nontraditional student experiences, Jones has authored or coauthored eight chapters/entries in edited volumes. Earlier in her career, she spent more than a decade working in the media as well as consulting for international companies in a variety of fields, including public relations, marketing, sales, high-end jewelry, and international telecommunications. Jones received her master's degree from the University of North Texas in communication studies, focusing on gender, race, and mass media. She received a bachelor's degree in communication studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Kathleen Turner is assistant professor of communication at Aurora University, where she teaches courses in media criticism, visual communication, and other topics. She has presented her research at numerous conferences and has contributed chapters to two books. Turner is associate editor of The Popular Culture Studies Journal and was on its editorial advisory board from 2013 to 2014.

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