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World War One, American Literature, and the Federal State

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  • Date Published: September 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108473835

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  • In this book, Mark Whalan argues that World War One's major impact on US culture was not the experience of combat trauma, but rather the effects of the expanded federal state bequeathed by US mobilization. Writers bristled at the state's new intrusions and coercions, but were also intrigued by its creation of new social ties and political identities. This excitement informed early American modernism, whose literary experiments often engaged the political innovations of the Progressive state at war. Writers such as Wallace Stevens, John Dos Passos, Willa Cather, Zane Grey, and Edith Wharton were fascinated by wartime discussions over the nature of US citizenship, and also crafted new forms of writing that could represent a state now so complex it seemed to defy representation at all. And many looked to ordinary activities transformed by the war - such as sending mail, receiving healthcare, or driving a car - to explore the state's everyday presence in American lives.

    • Proposes a new interpretation of the dominant effect of World War One on American literature
    • Offers new readings of works by some of the most canonical American writers of World War One, and also rehabilitates several neglected texts
    • Proposes a new way of understanding the politics of American modernism
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    'In this readable, well-theorized critical study Whalan (Univ. of Oregon) examines how modernist literature charts the rise of a true deep state, one pervasive and totalizing, with a federal budget in 1916 of just $0.75 billion that three years later exploded to $19 billion. Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty.' B. Adler, Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108473835
    • length: 282 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • contains: 7 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Freeloading in hobohemia: antimodernism, free verse, and the state in American World War One periodical culture
    2. Letters from a soldier: wartime letters and states of intimacy
    3. The regional novel and the wartime state
    4. USA., World War One, and the petromodern state
    5. Fictions of rehabilititation

  • Author

    Mark Whalan, University of Oregon
    Mark Whalan is Robert and Eve Horn Professor of English at the University of Oregon. His previous books include American Culture in the 1910s (2010), The Great War and the Culture of the New Negro (2008), and Race, Manhood and Modernism in America: The Short Story Cycles of Sherwood Anderson and Jean Toomer (2007). He has published in American Literary History, Modernism/Modernity, Modern Fiction Studies, the Journal of American Studies, Twentieth-Century Literature, and African American Review, and is co-editor, with Martin Halliwell, of the Modern American Literature and the New Twentieth Century series.

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