Afterword: Reading Mad Men in the Era of Trump

  • Karen McNallyEmail author
  • Teresa Forde


Mad Men is explicitly bound through narrative, style, and characterization to its contextual setting in America’s post-World War II era. Nevertheless, the cultural and political issues that emerged during this period and which are raised by the series remain relevant in today’s America. This chapter explores the series from the perspective of the Trump era, examining in particular how the show’s representation of gender and racial inequalities might be complicated by the lens of the contemporary political climate. In the light of cultural movements including Times Up and Black Lives Matter, as well as the continuous stream of revelations emanating from the orbit of the Trump administration, the chapter considers whether the true legacy of Mad Men is its unmasking of a nation destined to be confronted by its own myths.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Computing and Digital MediaLondon Metropolitan UniversityLondonUK
  2. 2.School of ArtUniversity of DerbyDerbyUK

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