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Voices of Persuasion

Voices of Persuasion

by Michael E. Staub
     
 

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In this innovative study, Michael Staub recasts 1930s cultural history by analyzing those genres characteristic of the Depression era: Staub argues that several thirties writers were aware of the ambiguousness of historical truth, and the impossibility of representing reality without being complicitous in its distortion. New interpretations of such canonized

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In this innovative study, Michael Staub recasts 1930s cultural history by analyzing those genres characteristic of the Depression era: Staub argues that several thirties writers were aware of the ambiguousness of historical truth, and the impossibility of representing reality without being complicitous in its distortion. New interpretations of such canonized authors as James Agee, John Dos Passos, Zora Neale Hurston, John G. Neihardt, and Tillie Olson are coupled with critical discussions of previously little-known works of ethnography, journalism, oral history and polemical fiction.

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"...Provides a series of persuasive readings of the key role played by voice in early twentieth-century 'fact-based' texts."
-The Minnesota Review

"Staub examines the struggles of turning oral memories of 19th-century events into text without erasing the Native American 'voice'....Recommended for undergraduate and graduate libraries."
-Choice

"...Offers subtle and persuasive readings that substantially expand our appreciation of the sophistication of 1930s documentary writing. It is indispensable reading for anyone engaged in current revisionary work on Depression-era culture."
—Barbara Foley, American Literature

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521111942
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/11/2009
Series:
Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Series, #78
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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