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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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Las Vegas in Popular Culture is a survey and analysis of the depiction of Las Vegas in American popular culture. The dissertation identifies themes and patterns of interpretations of Las Vegas, a city which has come to occupy a central position in popular American mythology. The primary emphasis is on nationally published novels, short stories, and magazine articles, with a brief section on films. The material is evaluated in chronological order so that the depictions of Las Vegas can be seen in their historical contexts. Since the 1930s, writers in each succeeding decade emphasize different aspects of Las Vegas which correspond to contemporary events in the evolution of the city and of the society. Both the fictional and non-fictional accounts of Las Vegas reflect this evolution, so the literature can be seen as a continuing commentary on the unfolding story of America's fastest-growing city.


Culture; Film; Las Vegas; Literature; Nevada; Popular; Vegas; Film; Literature

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American literature

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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