Ethnic Modernism

Ethnic Modernism

by Werner Sollors
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674030915

ISBN-13: 9780674030916

Pub. Date: 11/30/2008

Publisher: Harvard

In the first half of the twentieth century, the United States moved from the periphery to the center of global cultural production. At the same time, technologies of dissemination evolved rapidly, and versions of modernism emerged as dominant art forms. How did African American, European immigrant, and other minority writers take part in these developments that

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In the first half of the twentieth century, the United States moved from the periphery to the center of global cultural production. At the same time, technologies of dissemination evolved rapidly, and versions of modernism emerged as dominant art forms. How did African American, European immigrant, and other minority writers take part in these developments that also transformed the United States, giving it an increasingly multicultural self-awareness? This book attempts to address this question in a series of innovative and engaging close readings of major texts by Gertrude Stein, Mary Antin, Jean Toomer, O. E. Rölvaag, Nathan Asch, Henry Roth, Richard Wright, Zora Neale Hurston, Pietro di Donato, Jerre Mangione, John Hersey, and Leo Szilard, as well as briefer examinations of many other authors and works, against the background of international political developments, the rise of modernism in the visual arts, and the ascendancy of Ernest Hemingway as a model for prose writers.

In many of Werner Sollors’s sensitive readings, single sentences and paragraphs serve as the representative formal units of prose works, while throughout Ethnic Modernism the trolley (now a cute-seeming object of nostalgia) emerges with surprising frequency as a central thematic emblem of modernity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674030916
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
11/30/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,119,953
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Gertrude Stein and “Negro Sunshine”
  3. Ethnic Lives and Lifelets
  4. Ethnic Themes, Modern Themes
  5. Mary Antin: Progressive Optimism against Odds
  6. Who is “American”?
  7. American Languages
  8. “All the past we leave behind”? Ole E. Rölvaag and the Immigrant Trilogy
  9. Modernism, Ethnic Labeling, and the Quest for Wholeness: Jean Toomer’s New American Race
  10. Freud, Marx, Hard-Boiled
  11. Hemingway Spoken Here
  12. Henry Roth: Ethnicity, Modernity, and Modernism
  13. Brrrrrrriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinng! The Clock, the Salesman, and the Breast
  14. Immigrant Literature and Totalitarianism
  15. Was Modernism Anti-Totalitarian?
  16. Facing the Extreme
  17. Grand Central Terminal

  • Chronology
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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