Radical Representations: Politics and Form in U.S. Proletarian Fiction, 1929–1941

Radical Representations: Politics and Form in U.S. Proletarian Fiction, 1929–1941

by Barbara Foley
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0822313944

ISBN-13: 9780822313946

Pub. Date: 09/23/1993

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

In this revisionary study, Barbara Foley challenges prevalent myths about left-wing culture in the Depression-era U.S. Focusing on a broad range of proletarian novels and little-known archival material, the author recaptures an important literature and rewrites a segment of American cultural history long obscured and distorted by the anti-Communist bias of

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In this revisionary study, Barbara Foley challenges prevalent myths about left-wing culture in the Depression-era U.S. Focusing on a broad range of proletarian novels and little-known archival material, the author recaptures an important literature and rewrites a segment of American cultural history long obscured and distorted by the anti-Communist bias of contemporaries and critics.
Josephine Herbst, William Attaway, Jack Conroy, Thomas Bell and Tillie Olsen, are among the radical writers whose work Foley reexamines. Her fresh approach to the U.S. radicals' debates over experimentalism, the relation of art to propaganda, and the nature of proletarian literature recasts the relation of writers to the organized left. Her grasp of the left's positions on the "Negro question" and the "woman question" enables a nuanced analysis of the relation of class to race and gender in the proletarian novel. Moreover, examining the articulation of political doctrine in different novelistic modes, Foley develops a model for discussing the interplay between politics and literary conventions and genres.
Radical Representations recovers a literature of theoretical and artistic value meriting renewed attention form those interested in American literature, American studies, the U. S. left, and cultural studies generally.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822313946
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
09/23/1993
Series:
Post-Contemporary Interventions
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
484
Product dimensions:
5.85(w) x 8.31(h) x 1.48(d)

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