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This introduction to American literature and culture from 1900 to 1960 is organized around four major ideas about America: that is it “big”, “new”, “rich”, and “free”.
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Expansion and its Discontents.
The Sense of Place.
Weber and Veblen: Reasons to Work and Reasons to Spend.
Work and Identity.
Consumption and Identity.
Beginning Anew: Crevecoeur and Hawthorne.
Making It New I: Literary Modernism.
Making It New II: The Other Arts.
The Multiple Meanings of Freedom.
War and the Affirmation of American Values.
Upstream Against the Mainstream.
“An Inescapable Network of Mutuality”.
Websites for Further Study of American Literature and Culture.