Patterns for America: Modernism and the Concept of Culture

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"Well written, original in conception, insightful in its interpretations, and far-reaching in its readings and conclusions. Hegeman's attention to complex transitions within the history of ideas and their disciplines makes this an exemplary contribution to intellectual and social history."—Marc Manganaro, Rutgers University

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Overview

"Well written, original in conception, insightful in its interpretations, and far-reaching in its readings and conclusions. Hegeman's attention to complex transitions within the history of ideas and their disciplines makes this an exemplary contribution to intellectual and social history."—Marc Manganaro, Rutgers University

"Extremely interesting . . . Hegeman's assessments of specific texts, research and publishing ventures, and critical agendas of select scholars and intellectuals are striking and healthily eccentric."—James A. Boon, Princeton University

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Choice
Clearly stated and persuasive. . . [A] stimulating discussion of the uses and impact of the concept of 'culture' in early-20th-century US thought. . .
Religious Studies Review
One of the most important works in and about American studies in our time.
— Peter W. Williams
Religious Studies Review - Peter W. Williams
One of the most important works in and about American studies in our time.
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One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 1999

"Clearly stated and persuasive. . . [A] stimulating discussion of the uses and impact of the concept of 'culture' in early-20th-century US thought. . ."—Choice

"One of the most important works in and about American studies in our time."—Peter W. Williams, Religious Studies Review

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Examines the idea of culture as it was understood and used in the US during the early 20th century, when, in its technical anthropological sense, it became a key notion of American thought. Contends that the notion enabled an estranged, modernist perception of collective identity, which is related to other estrangements of context and perception that have heavily influenced the more experimental artistic movements. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691001340
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 5/21/1999
  • Pages: 274
  • Sales rank: 991,899
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Domestication of Culture 3
1 Modernism, Anthropology, Culture 15
2 Dry Salvages: Spatiality, Nationalism, and the Invention of an "Anthropological" Culture 32
3 The National Genius: Van Wyck Brooks, Edward Sapir, and the Problem of the Individual 66
4 Terrains of Culture: Ruth Benedict, Waldo Frank, and the Spatialization of the Culture Concept 93
5 The Culture of the Middle: Class, Taste, and Region in the 1930s Politics of Art 126
6 "Beyond Relativity": James Agee and Others, Toward the Cold War 158
7 On Getting Rid of Culture: An Inconclusive Conclusion 193
Notes 215
Index 259

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