Rousing The Nation

Rousing The Nation

by Laura Browder
     
 

ISBN-10: 1558497501

ISBN-13: 9781558497504

Pub. Date: 12/15/2010

Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press

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…  See more details below

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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.

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)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: From Uncle Tom's Cabin to Gone with the Wind: Writing for a Nation in Crisis1
1The Road: In Search of America15
2Dos Passos Issues a Challenge: Can Language Make a Revolution?39
3Boys Will Be Boys: Farrell Examines Working-Class Manhood68
4Family History and Political Identity in Herbst's Trexler Trilogy89
5Finding a Collective Solution: The Living Newspaper Experiment117
6One-Third of a Nation: The Living Newspaper Comes to Hollywood156
Conclusion: The Search Abandoned174
Notes183
Works Consulted199
Index207

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