Eloquent Obsessions: Writing Cultural Criticism

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This collection explores a wide range of issues at the intersection of personal and social history--from growing up in the South to exploring a love for France or Japan, from coming of age as a feminist to making the history of 'National Geographic, ' from examining the cultural 'we' to diagnosing class structures in Israel or showing how photography deals with AIDS.
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Overview

This collection explores a wide range of issues at the intersection of personal and social history--from growing up in the South to exploring a love for France or Japan, from coming of age as a feminist to making the history of 'National Geographic, ' from examining the cultural 'we' to diagnosing class structures in Israel or showing how photography deals with AIDS.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780822314721
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1994
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 0.93 (d)

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Marianna Togovnick, Professor of English at Duke University, is author of Gone Primitive: Savage Intellects, Modern Lives and Crossing Ocean Parkway: Readings by an Italian-American Daughter.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
The American Stranger 5
Decades 29
The Duplicity of the Southern Story: Reflections on Reynolds Price's The Surface of Earth and Eudora Welty's "The Wide Net" 50
Tatami Room 76
Saving Our Lives: Dances with Wolves, Iron John, and the Search for a New Masculinity 96
Pursuing Authenticity: The Vernacular Moment in Contemporary American Art 107
Becoming America's Lens on the World: National Geographic in the Twentieth Century 128
Power, History, and Authenticity: The Mowachaht Whalers' Washing Shrine 157
The Ecology of Images 185
Academic Writing and the Uses of Bad Publicity 208
Ideology, Energy, and Cultural Criticism 220
Invoking Culture: The Messy Side of "Cultural Politics" 237
The Politics of the "We" 260
Notes on Contributors 279
Index 281
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