American Culture in the 1930s

American Culture in the 1930s

by David Eldridge

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780748622597
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: 12/10/2008
Series: Twentieth-Century American Culture Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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

Acknowledgements viii

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

Notes 205

Bibliography 235

Index 249

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