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Raluca Lucia CimpeanThe JFK Image: Profiles in Docudrama

Rowman and Littlefield, 2014

by Joel Tscherne on March 28, 2015

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Even long after his death, President John F. Kennedy continues to be a popular figure. In addition to documentaries, his influence appears in television and film. In her book The JFK Image: Profiles in Docudrama (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014), Raluca Lucia Cimpean examined nine docudramas that either included JFK as a character, or as an important influence on the characters. She also discussed the importance of the docudrama as a film genre. In this interview, she talks about the book, as well as how Kennedy’s image was important in her early life in Europe.

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Raluca Lucia Cimpean, “The JFK Image: Profiles in Docudrama” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014)

March 28, 2015

Even long after his death, President John F. Kennedy continues to be a popular figure. In addition to documentaries, his influence appears in television and film. In her book The JFK Image: Profiles in Docudrama (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014), Raluca Lucia Cimpean examined nine docudramas that either included JFK as a character, or as an […]

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Raluca Lucia Cimpean, “The JFK Image: Profiles in Docudrama” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014)

March 28, 2015

Even long after his death, President John F. Kennedy continues to be a popular figure. In addition to documentaries, his influence appears in television and film. In her book The JFK Image: Profiles in Docudrama (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014), Raluca Lucia Cimpean examined nine docudramas that either included JFK as a character, or as an […]

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John Higginson, professor of history at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, is an acclaimed authority on South Africa and comparative labor politics, his two main fields of interest. Higginson’s latest work Collective Violence and the Agrarian Origins of South African Apartheid, 1900-1948 (Cambridge University Press, 2014) paints a comprehensive and captivating picture of the devastating […]

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Bruce Laurie Rebels in Paradise: Sketches of Northampton Abolitionists

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