This book provides an insightful overview of the major cultural forms of 1930s America: literature and drama, music and radio, film and photography, art and design, and a chapter on the role of the federal government in the development of the arts. The intellectual context of 1930s American culture is a strong feature, whilst case studies of influential texts and practitioners of the decade - from War of the Worlds to The Grapes of Wrath and from Edward Hopper to the Rockefeller Centre - help to explain the cultural impulses of radicalism, nationalism and escapism that characterize the United States in the 1930s.
About the Author
David Eldridge is Director of American Studies at the University of Hull.
Table of Contents
List of Figures vi
List of Case Studies vii
Chronology of 1930s American Culture ix
Introduction: The Intellectual Context 1
1 Literature and Drama 31
2 Film and Photography 61
3 Music and Radio 93
4 Art and Design 125
5 New Deal Culture 157
Conclusion: The Cultural Legacy of the 1930s 189