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Generation X
The Popular Culture that Defined the MTV Generation
by Kevin L. Ferguson and Melissa Lenos
August 2024, 423pp, 7x10
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7461-1
$107, £83, 94€, A147
Available for purchase 30 days prior to publication.
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-7462-8
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Generation X (Americans born between 1965 and 1980) is sometimes called the “middle child” generation because it is sandwiched between the larger Baby Boom and Generation Z generations.

This all-in-one resource provides an illuminating overview of Generation X and its enduring impact on American life in such realms as music, television and film, literature, advertising, and societal values.

America has changed significantly in the last 70 years, especially because of technological advancements that alter how we not only live our daily lives, but also how we socialize, receive information, and consume popular culture. This one-volume encyclopedia discusses the pop culture that defined Generation X—-Americans born between 1965 and 1980, according to the authors’ parameters. Book features include an introduction that provides a general overview of how Generation X interacted with America’s rapidly changing popular culture. The book’s robust encyclopedia section focuses on areas of particularly lasting impact, with authoritative entries on notable actors/actresses, musicians, songs, films, directors, TV shows, media platforms, books, fads, video games, technology, and events.

These fascinating and informative encyclopedia entries are further supplemented with a suite of long-form essays that take a deeper dive into Generation X attitudes toward work and leisure, race and ethnicity, personal relationships, politics, and social media.


  • Authoritative encyclopedia entries that provide insights into Generation X and its impact on American popular culture
  • Scholarly essays that take a deep dive into the wider cultural significant of Generation X
  • Fascinating interviews with Generation X artists and musicians
  • Glossary of key terms related to Generation X and its impact on popular culture
Melissa Lenos is senior director of graduate advising and engagement for the humanities at the University of Pittsburgh. Lenos's primary research areas are narratology and media pedagogy; her work has appeared in Cinema Journal, In Media Res, and Antenna. She is co-author (with Michael Ryan) of An Introduction to Film Analysis: Technique and Meaning in Narrative Film.

Kevin L. Ferguson is associate professor in the department of English at Queens College and chair of the Academic Senate. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on writing, literature, film, and digital humanities.
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