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xxv, 350 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Most widely noted for his acclaimed Let Us Now Praise Famous Men and his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, A Death in the Family, Tennessee native James Agee was also a journalist, film critic, poet, and screenwriter. More than fifty years after Agee's untimely death, his canon of work continues to grow in popularity, and his ability to capture the human condition in all its forms remains unparalleled. Agee Agonistes is a compilation of seventeen essays from the James Agee Celebration hosted by the University of Tennessee in April 2005. The collection includes some of the best interpretations of Agee's work and explores the influences on his art, delineates the connections and syntheses he makes within his texts, and examines his involvement in music, ethics, surrealism, local and national history, cinema, television, poetry, literature, sociology, and journalism. The volume features never-before-seen pictures of Agee, previously unknown correspondence, and a remembrance by his oldest daughter, Deedee. The volume also includes the most extensive bibliography of secondary sources on Agee assembled to date.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781572335745 20160527
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xiii, 232 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Introduction / Carl A. Wade and Louis J. Parascandola.
  • Part 1: Pioneering voices. The Writer Who Ran Away: Eric Walrond and Tropic Death / Kenneth Ramchand ; Eric Walrond: From Down Home: Origins of the Afro-American Short Story / Robert Bone.
  • Part 2: Modern critical views. "All Look Alike in Habana": Archaeologies of Blackness across Eric Walrond's Archipelago / Michelle A. Stephens ; Foreign Negro Flash Agents: Eric Walrond and the Discrepancies of Diaspora / Louis Chude-Sokei ; Genre, Gender and Eric Walrond's Equivocal Transnational Vision / Rhonda Frederick ; Eric Walrond and the Proletarian Arts Movement / Michael Niblett.
  • Part 3: Biographical sketches. Eric Walrond and the Dynamics of White Patronage during the Harlem Renaissance / Carl A. Wade, Robert Bone and Louis J. Parascandola. A Prism so Strange: The Biography of Eric Walrond / James Davis ; A West Indian Grows in Brooklyn: The Early American Experiences of Eric Walrond / Louis J. Parascandola and James Davis ; Exile on Main Street: Eric Walrond and Garveyism in Great Britain in the 1930s / Carl Pedersen.
"Eric Walrond (1898-1966), author of Tropic Death (1926), remains a seminal but elusive figure in Harlem Renaissance and Caribbean diasporic literature. Although this collection remains his only major text, Walrond was in fact quite prolific, penning several more fictions and journalistic writings. Born in British Guiana (Guyana), he endured a peripatetic existence, beleaguered at every turn by those colonial crises and conflicts that constitute the central concerns of his fiction and journalism. Despite the enduing popularity of Tropic Death, there has been little sustained critical examination of Walrond's achievement. In Eric Walrond: The critical Heritage, Louis J. Parascandola and Carl A. Wade address this deficiency, fashioning the first critical anthology on Walrond. The ten essays in this volume employ a variety of literary, cultural and sociological approaches to illuminate the art and imagination of a writer celebrated as one of the most complex authors of the Harlem Renaissance. Included in the collection are two early commentaries by noted West Indian critic Kenneth Ramchand (his article is revised for this volume) and the late American scholar Robert Bone, as well as contributions by more contemporary voices. This comprehensive dissection of Walrond's life and writings reveals an oeuvre that still has much to contribute to discussions about modern black literary and cultural studies."--P. [4] of cover.
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xx, 352 p. ; 24 cm.
In "Gary Snyder and the Pacific Rim", Timothy Gray draws upon previously unpublished journals and letters, as well as his own close readings of Gary Snyder's well-crafted poetry and prose to track the early career of a maverick intellectual whose writings powered the San Francisco Renaissance of the 1950s and 1960s. Exploring various aspects of cultural geography, Gray asserts that this west coast literary community seized upon the idea of a Pacific Rim regional structure, in part to recognize their Orientalist desires and in part to consolidate their opposition to America's cold war ideology, which tended to divide East from West. The geographical consciousness of Snyder's writing was particularly influential, Gray argues, because it gave San Francisco's Beat and hippie cultures a set of physical coordinates by which they could chart their utopian visions of peace and love. Gray's introduction tracks the increased use of "Pacific Rim discourse" by politicians and business leaders following World War II. Ensuing chapters analyze Snyder's countercultural invocation of this regional idea, concentrating on the poet's migratory or "creaturely" sensibility, his gift for literary translation, his physical embodiment of trans-Pacific ideals, his role as tribal spokesperson for Haight-Ashbury hippies, and his burgeoning interest in environmental issues. Throughout, Gray's citations of such writers as Allen Ginsberg, Philip Whalen, and Joanne Kyger shed light on Snyder's communal role, providing an amazingly intimate portrait of the west coast counterculture. An interdisciplinary project that utilizes models of ecology, sociology, and comparative religion to supplement traditional methods of literary biography, "Gary Snyder and the Pacific Rim" offers a unique perspective on Snyder's life and work. This book will fascinate literary and Asian studies scholars, as well as the general reader interested in the Beat movement and multicultural influences on poetry.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780877459767 20160528
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viii, 275 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Making Modernism Big1. Willa Cather's Promiscuous Fiction2. Printing the Color Line in The Crisis3. On the Clock: Rewriting Literary Work at Time Inc.4. Our Eliot: Mass Modernism and the American Century5. Hemingway's Disappearing StyleAfterword: Working from HomeNotesBibliographyIndex.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780231177726 20161024
American novelists and poets who came of age in the early twentieth century were taught to avoid journalism "like wet sox and gin before breakfast." It dulled creativity, rewarded sensationalist content, and stole time from "serious" writing. Yet Willa Cather, W. E. B. Du Bois, Jessie Fauset, James Agee, T. S. Eliot, and Ernest Hemingway all worked in the editorial offices of groundbreaking popular magazines and helped to invent the house styles that defined McClure's, The Crisis, Time, Life, Esquire, and others. On Company Time tells the story of American modernism from inside the offices and on the pages of the most successful and stylish magazines of the twentieth century. Working across the borders of media history, the sociology of literature, print culture, and literary studies, Donal Harris draws out the profound institutional, economic, and aesthetic affiliations between modernism and American magazine culture. Starting in the 1890s, a growing number of writers found steady paychecks and regular publishing opportunities as editors and reporters at big magazines. Often privileging innovative style over late-breaking content, these magazines prized novelists and poets for their innovation and attention to literary craft. In recounting this history, On Company Time challenges the narrative of decline that often accompanies modernism's incorporation into midcentury middlebrow culture. Its integrated account of literary and journalistic form shows American modernism evolving within as opposed to against mass print culture. Harris's work also provides an understanding of modernism that extends beyond narratives centered on little magazines and other "institutions of modernism" that served narrow audiences. And for the writers, the "double life" of working for these magazines shaped modernism's literary form and created new models of authorship.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780231177726 20161024
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xv, 297 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
  • Introduction: A Short History of Macho Criticism-- 1. "Healthy Nerves And Sturdy Physiques": Remaking the Male Body of Literary Culture in the 1930s-- 2. Doughfaces, Eggheads, and Softies: On the Evolution of Gendered Epithets and Literary Culture in the 1940s-- 3. High-Brows and Low-Brows: Squares, Beats, Hipsters, White Negroes, New Critics, and American Literary Culture in the 1950s-- 4. Reforming the Hard Body: The Old Left, the Counter Culture, and the Masculine Kulturkampf of the 1960s-- 5. The Gender Upheavals of the Late 1960s: The Black Panther Movement, Gay Liberation, and Radical Feminism Epilogue-- Notes-- Works Cited.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780253355478 20160603
Masculinity was both a subtext and an explicit concern in the literary and political debates of the mid-20th century. In Pinks, Pansies, and Punks, James Penner charts the construction of masculinity within American literary culture from the 1930s to the 1970s. He examines the macho criticism that originated in the 1930s within the high modernist New York intellectual circle and tracks the issues of class struggle, anti-communism, and the clash between the Old and New Left in the 1960s. By extending literary culture to include not just novels, plays, and poetry, but diaries, journals, manifestos, essays, literary criticism, journalism, non-fiction, essays on psychology and sociology, and screenplays, Penner foregrounds the multiplicity of gender attitudes available in each of the historical moments he addresses.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780253355478 20160603
Pinks, Pansies, and Punks charts the construction of masculinity within American literary culture from the 1930s to the 1970s. Penner documents the emergence of "macho criticism, " and explores how debates about "hard" and "soft" masculinity influenced the class struggles of the 1930s, anti-communism in the 1940s and 1950s, and the clash between the Old Left and the New Left in the 1960s. By extending literary culture to include not just novels, plays, and poetry, but diaries, journals, manifestos, screenplays, and essays on psychology and sociology, Penner unveils the multiplicity of gender attitudes that emerge in each of the decades he addresses.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780253222510 20160603
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xxi, 335 p. ; 23 cm.
The early settlers in America had a special relationship to the theatre. Though largely without a theatre of their own, they developed an ideology of theatre that expressed their sense of history, as well as their version of life in the New World. "Theater Enough" provides an innovative analysis of early American culture by examining the rhetorical shaping of the experience of settlement in the new land through the metaphor of the theatre. The rhetoric, or discourse, of early American theatre emerged out of the figures of speech that permeated the colonists' lives and literary productions. Jeffrey H.Richards examines a variety of texts - histories, diaries, letters, journals, poems, sermons, political tracts, trial transcripts, orations, and plays - and looks at the writings of such authors as John Winthrop and Mercy Oris Warren. Richards places the American usage of theatrum mundi - the world depicted as stage - in the context of classical and Renaissance traditions, but shows how the trope functions in American rhetoric as a register for religious, political and historical attitudes. Richards' interdisciplinary study is grounded in literary history, but also draws on scholarship in political history, sociology, anthropology, theory, and religion to show how the pervasive metaphor of the theatre provides a wide, revealing window on the politics and culture of the early Americans.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780822311072 20160528
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ix, 268 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
An examination of the fireworks and folderol that erupt when folklore and current events collide Newslore is folklore that comments on and hinges on knowledge of current events. These expressions come in many forms: jokes, urban legends, digitally altered photographs, mock news stories, press releases or interoffice memoranda, parodies of songs, poems, political and commercial advertisements, movie previews and posters, still or animated cartoons, and short live-action films. In Newslore: Contemporary Folklore on the Internet, author Russell Frank offers a snapshot of the items of newslore disseminated via the Internet that gained the widest currency around the turn of the millennium. Among the newsmakers lampooned in e-mails and on the Web were Bill and Hillary Clinton, George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein, and such media celebrities as Princess Diana and Michael Jackson. The book also looks at the folk response to the September 11 attacks and Hurricane Katrina, as well as the presidential elections of 2000 and 2004. Frank analyzes this material by tracing each item back to the news story it refers to in search of clues as to what, exactly, the item reveals about the public's response. His argument throughout is that newslore is an extremely useful and revelatory gauge for public reaction to current events and an invaluable screen capture of the latest zeitgeist. Russell Frank, State College, Pennsylvania, is associate professor of communications at Penn State University and a columnist for StateCollege.com, as well as a former reporter and columnist for several newspapers. His work has been published in the Journal of American Folklore, Western Folklore, New Media and Society, Journal of Mass Media Ethics, Journalism, Contemporary Legend, Rural Sociology, Los Angeles Times, San Jose Mercury News, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Hartford Courant, among other newspapers.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781604739282 20160605
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541 p.
  • Part 1 American modernism, race and national culture: pragmatism and Americanism-- the Americanization of "race" and "culture"-- cultural pluralism and national identity-- cultural nationalism and the lyrical Left. Part 2 The transformation of literary institutions: "The Crisis" and the nation's conscience-- toward a new negro aesthetic-- reading these United States - "The Nation" and "The New Republic"-- the native arts of radicalism and/or race-- V.F. Calverton, "The Modern Quarterly" and an anthology-- mediating race and nation - the cultural politics of "The Messenger"-- "Superior Intellectual Vaudeville" - "American Mercury"-- black writing and modernist American publishing. Part III Producing "The New Negro": staging a Renaissance-- "The New Negro" - an interpretation.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780674372634 20160527
By restoring interracial dimensions left out of accounts of the Harlem Renaissance - or blamed for corrupting it - this book aims to transform our understanding of black and white literary modernism, interracial literary relations, and 20th century cultural nationalism in the United States.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780674372634 20160527
By restoring interracial dimensions left out of accounts of the Harlem Renaissance - or blamed for corrupting it - George Hutchinson provides his understanding of black (and white) literary modernism, interracial literary relations, and 20th-century cultural nationalism in the United States. He proposes that what has been missing from literary histories of the time is a broader sense of the intellectual context of the Harlem Renaissance, and Hutchinson supplies that here: Boas's anthropology, Park's sociology, various strands of pragmatism and cultural nationalism - ideas that shaped the New Negro movement and the literary field, where the movement flourished. Hutchinson tracks the resulting transformation of literary institutions and organizations in the 1920s, offering a detailed account of the journals and presses, black and white, that published the work of the "New Negroes". This cultural excavation discredits bedrock assumptions about the motives of white interest in the renaissance, and about black relationships to white intellectuals of the period. It also gives a careful investigation of the tensions among black intellectuals of the 1920s. Hutchinson's analysis shows that the general expansion of literature and the vogue of writing cannot be divorced from the explosion of black literature often attributed to the vogue of the New Negro - any more than the growing sense of "Negro" national consciousness can be divorced from expanding articulations and permutations of American nationality. The book concludes with a full-scale interpretation of the landmark anthology "The New Negro". A work that exposes the oversimplifications and misrepresentations of popular readings of the Harlem Renaissance, this book reveals the composite nature of American literary culture.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780674372627 20160528
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xxxi, 497 p. ; 24 cm.
  • Introduction-- Chronology-- Part I. Biography and Works: 1. Prose criticism Vincent Sherry-- 2. Poetics Ellen Stauder-- 3. Translation Steven G. Yao-- 4. Romance languages David Ten Eyck-- 5. Letters Demetres Tryphonopoulos-- 6. Editor, anthologist John G. Nichols-- 7. Education Matthew Hofer-- 8. Journalism Eric Bulson-- 9. Politics Alec Marsh-- 10. Economics Leon Surette-- 11. Radio broadcasts Ben Friedlander-- 12. The law Robert Spoo-- 13. Textual criticism Mark Byron-- 14. Archives Caterina Ricciardi-- 15. The lives of Pound Ira B. Nadel-- Part II. Historical and Cultural Context: 16. The classics Peter Liebregts-- 17. Provencal and the troubadours William Paden-- 18. Dante and Italian poetry Timothy Redman-- 19. America Emily Mitchell Wallace-- 20. Venice John Gery-- 21. London Peter Brooker-- 22. Paris Patricia Cockram-- 23. Rapallo and Rome Massimo Bacigalupo-- 24. Pisa Ronald Bush-- 25. Imagism Ethan Lewis-- 26. Vorticism Miranda Hickman-- 27. Music Margaret Fisher-- 28. Visual arts Rebecca Beasley-- 29. Confucius Fang Lan-- 30. The Orient Zhaoming Qian-- 31. Little magazines Craig Monk-- 32. Publishing and publishers Gregory Barnhisel-- 33. Modernism George Bornstein-- 34. Fascism Serenella Zanotti-- 35. Anti-Semitism Alex Houen-- 36. Gender and sexuality Helen Dennis-- 37. Race Michael Coyle-- 38. Travel Daniel Katz-- Part III. Critical Reception: 39. Pound before Paris, 1908-1920 Barry Ahearn-- 40. Pound before Pisa, 1920-1945 John X. Cooper-- 41. Pound after Pisa, 1945-1972 Steven Sicari-- 42. Influence James Longenbach-- Further reading-- Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521515078 20160605
Long at the centre of the modernist project, from editing Eliot's The Waste Land to publishing Joyce, Pound has also been a provocateur and instigator of new movements, while initiating a new poetics. This is the first volume to summarize and analyze the multiple contexts of Pound's work, underlining the magnitude of his contribution and drawing on new archival, textual and theoretical studies. Pound's political and economic ideas also receive attention. With its concentration on the contexts of history, sociology, aesthetics and politics, the volume will provide a portrait of Pound's unusually international reach: an American-born, modern poet absorbing the cultures of England, France, Italy and China. These essays situate Pound in the social and material realities of his time and will be invaluable for students and scholars of Pound and modernism.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521515078 20160605
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viii, 191 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
  • Ontological Aspects of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men: Death, Irony, Faulkner-- M.Gidley On the Porch and in the Room: Threshold Moments and Other Ethnographic Tropes in Let Us Now Praise Famous Men-- J.Dorst Walker Evans's Fictions of the South-- A.Trachtenberg The Tyranny of Words in the Economy of Abundance: Modernism, Language, and Politics in Let Us Now Praise Famous Men-- S.Currell Agee, Evans, and the Therapeutic Document: Narrative Neurosis in the Function of Art-- P.Hansom Two Prickes: The Colon as Practice-- P.Rabinowitz Animating the Gudgers: On the Problems of a Cinematic Aesthetic in Let Us Now Praise Famous Men-- C.Blinder.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780230102927 20160604
This timely reappraisal of Walker Evans and James Agee's photo-textual collaboration "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, " 1941 focuses on the interdisciplinary aspects of the book. It provides in-depth chapters on the book's status as part imaginative fiction, documentary effort, ethnographic study, confessional writing, and modernist prose. Contributions range from chapters on Walker Evan's photographs and their seminal role in representing the South, material on the journalistic and sociological context for Agee and Evans's collaboration, their personal relationship and more. Taking into account such concepts as psychoanalysis, photography, cinema, ethnography, semiotics, journalism and the South, among other things, these essays constitute a long overdue and important endeavor within American Studies.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780230102927 20160604
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170 p.
Catharine Williams (1787-1872) lived most of her life in Rhode Island, where she supported herself and her daughter by a productive literary career. Her most compelling work, Fall River, last published in 1833, recreates a notorious incident in the ill-fated town of Fall River, Massachusetts: the trial of a Methodist minister for the murder of a pregnant mill worker whom it was suspected he had seduced. Williams's investigative report offers a vivid contemporary view of the lives of poor "factory girls" and of clerical corruption in the industrial towns of early New England. While based in fact, the book raises themes of sexual and religious hypocrisy and exploitation that may be compared with those of novels like The Coquette, Uncle Tom's Cabin, and The Scarlet Letter. At the same time, the author's mixture of journalism, biography, fiction, and exhortation makes this "authentic narrative" an unusual challenge to traditional notions of literary form and yields fresh insights into the nature of early American women's writing.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780195083590 20160528
One of the earliest documentary novels, Fall River recounts the famous murder of a mill girl and the subsequent trial of a popular minister of the period. Compellingly written, it is not only a record of a sensational story of its times, but also a revealing embodiment of the social and cultural climate of early nineteenth century industrial America. The book is also an important landmark in the history of religion in American popular culture, with detailed descriptions of religious camp meetings in New England. Williams was urged by her readers to compose her account of these events, in order to correct what she called the "indecent manner" in which they had hitherto been reported. (David Kasserman's recent widely acclaimed sociological study Fall River Outrage is based on the events Williams describes.) This unprecedented new series reintroduces women's writings of cultural and literary interest, from the Medieval period through the early nineteenth century, often for the first time since their original publication. Derived from the Brown University Women Writers Project, the series unearths a wide range of neglected gems, dispelling the myth that women wrote little of real value before the Victorian period. Each volume includes an introduction putting the work in its historical and literary context and helpful explanatory notes.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780195080360 20160528
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