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American Literature in Transition, 1930–1940

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Ichiro Takayoshi, Amy L. Blair, Jennifer Haytock, Joseph B. Entin, John Marsh, Etsuko Taketani, Michael Kreyling, David Wrobel, Jason Stevens, Yael Schacher, Robert B. Westbrook, David Ekbladh, David Welky, Neil Verma, Charles J. Rzepka, Jeff Allred, Milton A. Cohen, Mark Fearnow, Jerrold Hirsch, William Solomon, Donal Harris, Christopher Phelps, Morris Dickstein
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  • Date Published: November 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108429382

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  • American Literature in Transition, 1930–1940 gathers together in a single volume preeminent critics and historians to offer an authoritative, analytic, and theoretically advanced account of the Depression era's key literary events. Many topics of canonical importance, such as protest literature, Hollywood fiction, the culture industry, and populism, receive fresh treatment. The book also covers emerging areas of interest, such as radio drama, bestsellers, religious fiction, internationalism, and middlebrow domestic fiction. Traditionally, scholars have treated each one of these issues in isolation. This volume situates all the significant literary developments of the 1930s within a single and capacious vision that discloses their hidden structural relations - their contradictions, similarities, and reciprocities. This is an excellent resource for undergraduate, graduate students, and scholars interested in American literary culture of the 1930s.

    • Proposes a comprehensive view of one of the most widely taught time periods in American literature, the 1930s
    • This book can be adopted for a wide range of undergraduate courses
    • Covers dozens of neglected authors in addition to canonical authors, allowing readers to learn how to challenge popular but reductive notions about the era
    • This book is written in accessible prose, facilitating the reader's engagement with the materials
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    • Date Published: November 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108429382
    • length: 408 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.91kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Ichiro Takayoshi
    Part I. Themes:
    1. The middle class Amy L. Blair
    2. Romance, marriage, and family Jennifer Haytock
    3. The working class Joseph B. Entin
    4. Sympathy and poverty John Marsh
    5. Black culture at home and abroad Etsuko Taketani
    6. The Southern heritage Michael Kreyling
    7. The literature of social protest in California David Wrobel
    8. Reckoning with Christianity Jason Stevens
    9. Diversity and American letters Yael Schacher
    10. This land is your land Robert B. Westbrook
    11. Look at the world! David Ekbladh and Ichiro Takayoshi
    Part II. Formats:
    12. Bestsellers David Welky
    13. Radio drama Neil Verma
    14. Crime fiction Charles J. Rzepka
    15. Documentary work Jeff Allred
    16. Modernism Milton A. Cohen
    17. The American stage Mark Fearnow
    Part III. Institutions:
    18. Federal Writers' Project Jerrold Hirsch
    19. Hollywood William Solomon
    20. Time Inc. Donal Harris
    21. The Communist Party Christopher Phelps
    Echoes of the 1930s Morris Dickstein.

  • Editor

    Ichiro Takayoshi, Tufts University, Massachusetts
    Ichiro Takayoshi teaches modern American literature and social thought at Tufts University, Massachusetts. He is the author of American Writers and the Approach of World War II, 1935–1941: A Literary History (Cambridge, 2015) and editor of American Literature in Transition: 1920–1930 (Cambridge, 2018). He is currently at work on a literary and intellectual history of the interwar decades.

    Contributors

    Ichiro Takayoshi, Amy L. Blair, Jennifer Haytock, Joseph B. Entin, John Marsh, Etsuko Taketani, Michael Kreyling, David Wrobel, Jason Stevens, Yael Schacher, Robert B. Westbrook, David Ekbladh, David Welky, Neil Verma, Charles J. Rzepka, Jeff Allred, Milton A. Cohen, Mark Fearnow, Jerrold Hirsch, William Solomon, Donal Harris, Christopher Phelps, Morris Dickstein

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