The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of Los Angeles [NOOK Book]

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Los Angeles has a tantalizing hold on the American imagination. Its self-magnifying myths encompass Hollywood glamour, Arcadian landscapes, and endless summer, but also the apocalyptic undertow of riots, environmental depredation, and natural disaster. This Companion traces the evolution of Los Angeles as the most public staging of the American Dream - and American nightmares. The expert contributors make exciting, innovative connections among the authors and texts inspired by the city, covering the early Spanish...
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The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of Los Angeles

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Overview

Los Angeles has a tantalizing hold on the American imagination. Its self-magnifying myths encompass Hollywood glamour, Arcadian landscapes, and endless summer, but also the apocalyptic undertow of riots, environmental depredation, and natural disaster. This Companion traces the evolution of Los Angeles as the most public staging of the American Dream - and American nightmares. The expert contributors make exciting, innovative connections among the authors and texts inspired by the city, covering the early Spanish settlers, African American writers, the British and German expatriates of the 1930s and 1940s, Latino, and Asian LA literature. The genres discussed include crime novels, science fiction, Hollywood novels, literary responses to urban rebellion, the poetry scene, nature writing, and the most influential non-fiction accounts of the region. Diverse, vibrant, and challenging as the city itself, this Companion is the definitive guide to LA in literature.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Urbanists and critics, alongside novelists and screenwriters, tend to sell us what we expect from a too-familiar L.A. As exemplified by James Kyung-Jin Lee's nimble juxtaposition of Asian-American and Latino encounters, may this volume encourage a more diverse, and more honest, reaction to the real Los Angeles that defies as often as it defines fictional responses on page and on screen."
John L. Murphy, New York Journal of Books
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781139801010
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/17/2012
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 762 KB

Meet the Author

Kevin R. McNamara is Associate Professor of Literature at the University of Houston-Clear Lake.

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Table of Contents

Notes on contributors vii

Chronology x

Introduction: landmarks Kevin R. McNamara 1

1 The literature of the Californios Rosaura Sánchez Beatrice Pita 13

2 The Anglo invention of Los Angeles William Alexander McClung 23

3 LA fiction through mid-century David Wyatt 35

4 British expatriates and German exiles in 1930s-1940s Los Angles Russell A. Berman 49

5 Postwar Los Angeles: suburban Eden and the fall into history Patrick O'Donnell 59

6 Los Angeles and the African-American literary imagination Charles Scruggs 75

7 Pacific Rim city: Asian-American and Latino literature James Kyung-Jin Lee 87

8 The literature of urban rebellion Julian Murphet 101

9 City of sleuths William Marling 111

10 Los Angeles' science fiction futures David Seed 123

11 Hoolywood fictions Chip Rhodes 135

12 The Southland on screen Mark Shiel 145

13 Scens and movements in Southern California poetry Bill Mohr 157

14 Surf, sagebrush, and cement rivers: Reimagining nature in Los Angeles J. Scott Bryson 167

15 Essaying Los Angeles Eric Avila 177

Guide to further reading 191

Index 197

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