Main Street and Empire: The Fictional Small Town in the Age of Globalization

Main Street and Empire: The Fictional Small Town in the Age of Globalization

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by Ryan Poll
     
 

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In Main Street and Empire, Ryan Poll argues that the small town, as evoked by the image of “Main Street,” is not a relic of the past but rather a metaphorical screen upon which the nation’s “everyday” stories and subjects are projected on both a national and global level. It brings together a wide range of literary, cultural,

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In Main Street and Empire, Ryan Poll argues that the small town, as evoked by the image of “Main Street,” is not a relic of the past but rather a metaphorical screen upon which the nation’s “everyday” stories and subjects are projected on both a national and global level. It brings together a wide range of literary, cultural, and political texts to examine how the small town is used to imagine and reproduce the nation throughout the twentieth- and into the twenty-first century.

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"Using broad cultural analysis, Poll investigates the centrality of the small town, as represented in literature, to the cultural imagination of the US. An impressive, multifaceted exploration of the small town as a symbol. Readers with some background in literary theory will find this book most compelling. Recommended."
founding director of the Futures of American Studies Institute at Dartmouth - Donald E. Pease

“Elegantly written, Main Street and Empire is of the utmost importance to the reconceptualization of American exceptionalism within a transnational geography. This book is certain to exert a major influence on accounts of global American modernity for many years to come.”
author of Class Degrees - Evan Watkins

"The most incisive analysis available about representational discourses of small towns U.S.A. From classic texts to corporate advertising, Poll reveals a small town imaginary shaping an age of globalization."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813552903
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
05/29/2012
Series:
The American Literatures Initiative Series
Pages:
238
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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