The Business of America: The Cultural Production of a Post-War Nation

The Business of America: The Cultural Production of a Post-War Nation

by Graham Thompson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0745318096

ISBN-13: 9780745318097

Pub. Date: 03/20/2004

Publisher: Pluto Press

The Business of America examines the complex linking of business and nationhood in post-war United States literature against the backdrop of changing concepts of the nation in the field of American Studies. The first part of the book examines how white male literary culture has been largely hostile to business during this period and how it has represented

Overview

The Business of America examines the complex linking of business and nationhood in post-war United States literature against the backdrop of changing concepts of the nation in the field of American Studies. The first part of the book examines how white male literary culture has been largely hostile to business during this period and how it has represented transnational shifts in the nature of business as threats to supposedly American values like the individual, the family, or freedom. The book charts the way that such an uneasiness towards business relies upon a discourse about America, business and empire that is increasingly untenable in the post-war world. By way of comparison, The Business of America looks at how literature by women and by writers from different racial, ethnic and sexual groups often deals with business from the more localised angle of work. Graham Thompson shows how this attention to work provides a less abstract and more oppositional approach to the connection between business and America.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745318097
Publisher:
Pluto Press
Publication date:
03/20/2004
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.32(w) x 8.47(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsix
Introduction1
Part IWhite Male Literary Culture
1Errands in the Post-War/Cold War Jungle27
2Entropy, Postmodernism and Global Systems53
3Postnational Recovery Narratives and Beyond74
Part IIThe Difference of Gender, Race and Sexuality
4Objectivist Fantasies and the Industry of Writing and Piracy103
5Assimilation, Citizenship and Post-Ethnicity125
6Queer Profits and Losses149
Notes172
Index185

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