Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression

Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression

by Morris Dickstein
     
 

Finalist for the 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism: from Agee to Astaire, Steinbeck to Ellington, the creative energies of the Depression against a backdrop of poverty and economic disaster.See more details below

Overview

Finalist for the 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism: from Agee to Astaire, Steinbeck to Ellington, the creative energies of the Depression against a backdrop of poverty and economic disaster.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393072259
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
09/14/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
624
Sales rank:
1,419,960
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.90(d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Depression Culture 3

Pt. 1 Discovering Poverty

2 The Tenement and the World: Immigrant Lives 15

3 The Starvation Army 50

4 The Country and the City 92

5 Hard Times for Poets 154

6 Black Girls and Native Sons 173

Pt. 2 Success and Failure

7 Beyond the American Dream 215

8 What Price Hollywood? 311

9 The Last Film of the 1930s; or, Nothing Fails like Success 342

Pt. 3 The Culture of Elegance

10 Fantasy, Elegance, Mobility: The Dream Life of the 1930s 357

11 Class for the Masses: Elegance Democratized 408

Pt. 4 The Search for Community

12 The Populist Turn: Copland and the Popular Front 441

13 Who Cares?: The World of Porgy and Bess 464

14 The People vs. Frank Capra: Populism against Itself 477

15 Shakespeare in Overalls: An American Troubadour 496

16 Gender Trouble: Exposing the Intellectuals 507

17 Conclusion: The Work of Culture in Depression America 522

Acknowledgments 531

Notes 533

Selected Bibliography 556

Illustrations and Permissions 565

Index 569

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