American Literature in Context after 1929 by Philip R. Yannella

By Philip R. Yannella

This ebook situates American literature from the nice melancholy to the current day in its old context

  • Explores the matters that engaged American writers from 1929 to the present
  • Draws on more than a few files from journal and newspaper debts to govt stories and demanding non-fiction
  • The publication covers political ferment of the Nineteen Thirties; post-World battle II anti-Communism; post-War affluence; suburbanization and demographic switch; juvenile delinquency, psychological disorder and the conception of the U.S. as a “sick” society; and post-1965 immigration
  • Designed to be appropriate with the key anthologies of literature from the period
  • Equips scholars and normal readers with the required ancient context had to comprehend the writings from this era and gives unique and helpful readings that display how context contributes to meaning
  •  Includes a ancient timeline, that includes key literary works, American presidents, and ancient events

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Eudora Welty’s early stories, the first collections of which were published in 1941 and 1943, represented mostly white folk The Depression and the Early 1940s 23 going about their mundane daily business in the Mississippi countryside and small towns. As in much of Hurston – but not the Hurston in stories like “Sweat” – excitement and stimulation came to Welty’s characters in very small doses. In stories like “The Wide Net” and “A Worn Path,” life unfolded in day-to-day routines and rituals; as Welty represented them, to ordinary people the world was a magic place full of hazards that could be overcome by perseverance and luck.

The Fountainhead contains a critique of collectivism, much of it accomplished through the characterization of Ellsworth M. Toohey, a sexless, Harvard-educated socialist who makes his living as a highly regarded art and architecture critic. Toohey speaks with authority 12 Pound’s radio speeches are collected in Leonard W. ), “Ezra Pound Speaking”: Radio Speeches of World War II (Greenwood Press, Westport, CT, 1978). 18 The Depression and the Early 1940s about “strikes, and conditions in the slums, and the poor people in sweatshops” and he sounds very much like a CPUSA leader when he tells strikers that “History, my friends, does not ask questions or acquiescence.

Monopolies]” as well as large-scale agriculture. ” Small farmers would be organized into cooperatives. All able-bodied people would be required to work for “socially determined” wages. As a result of productivity increases, the standard of living would be raised. ”8 4 5 6 7 8 p. 188. p. 170. p. 179. pp. 228–30. p. 231. , but the ones outlined above were those which apparently captured people’s imaginations. Among all the CPUSA positions, its stance on the black American cause proved especially attractive, resonating with black writers like Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, and Ralph Ellison.

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