Rousing The Nation

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Overview

This interdisciplinary study blends textual analysis with social history to chart the intellectual and artistic ferment of Depression-era America. In Rousing the Nation, Laura Browder explores the fiction, drama, and film produced during the decade by socially conscious intellectuals who struggled to create a uniquely American art. Browder first considers authors James T. Farrell, Josephine Herbst, and John Dos Passos, arguing that their work successfully sparked a discussion about what it meant to be American at a time when the country's very future seemed in doubt. She then examines the Living Newspaper productions of the Federal Theatre Project, which brought politically and aesthetically provocative drama to twenty-five million Americans. In a final chapter, she examines social films of the period, focusing on Paramount's 1939 production of One-Third of a Nation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558497504
  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/2010
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: From Uncle Tom's Cabin to Gone with the Wind: Writing for a Nation in Crisis 1
1 The Road: In Search of America 15
2 Dos Passos Issues a Challenge: Can Language Make a Revolution? 39
3 Boys Will Be Boys: Farrell Examines Working-Class Manhood 68
4 Family History and Political Identity in Herbst's Trexler Trilogy 89
5 Finding a Collective Solution: The Living Newspaper Experiment 117
6 One-Third of a Nation: The Living Newspaper Comes to Hollywood 156
Conclusion: The Search Abandoned 174
Notes 183
Works Consulted 199
Index 207
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