♥ Book Title : Ghetto Images in Twentieth-Century American Literature
☯ Full Synopsis : "This book explores how six American writers have artistically responded to the racialization of U.S. frostbelt cities in the twentieth century. Using the critical tools of spatial theory, critical race theory, urban history and sociology, Simpson explains how these writers imagine the subjective response to the race-making power of space."Article| Tyrone R. Simpson II| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : Harlem Crossroads
☯ Full Synopsis : "The Harlem riot of 1935 not only signaled the end of the Harlem Renaissance; it made black America's cultural capital an icon for the challenges of American modernity. Luring photographers interested in socially conscious, journalistic, and aesthetic representation, post-Renaissance Harlem helped give rise to America's full-blown image culture and its definitive genre, documentary. The images made there in turn became critical to the work of black writers seeking to reinvent literary forms. Harlem Crossroads is the first book to examine their deep, sustained engagements with photographic practices. Arguing for Harlem as a crossroads between writers and the image, Sara Blair explores its power for canonical writers, whose work was profoundly responsive to the changing meanings and uses of photographs. She examines literary engagements with photography from the 1930s to the 1970s and beyond, among them the collaboration of Langston Hughes and Roy DeCarava, Richard Wright's uses of Farm Security Administration archives, James Baldwin's work with Richard Avedon, and Lorraine Hansberry's responses to civil rights images. Drawing on extensive archival work and featuring images never before published, Blair opens strikingly new views of the work of major literary figures, including Ralph Ellison's photography and its role in shaping his landmark novel Invisible Man, and Wright's uses of camera work to position himself as a modernist and postwar writer. Harlem Crossroads opens new possibilities for understanding the entangled histories of literature and the photograph, as it argues for the centrality of black writers to cultural experimentation throughout the twentieth century."Article| Sara Blair| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Writing the Ghetto
☯ Full Synopsis : "In the United States, perhaps no minority group is considered as successful as the Asian American community which is often described as residing in positive-sounding "ethnic enclaves, "rather than in "ghettoes. "In this volume, Yoonmee Chang exposes the unspoken class inequalities faced by Asian Americans, while insightfully analyzing the effect such nations have had on their literary voices. Writing the Ghetto discusses texts that are set in a variety of contexts---from the Chinese Exclusion Era and Japanese American Internment during World War II to the 1992 Los Angeles riots and the contemporary emergence of the "ethnoburh"---created by such authors as Sui Sin Far, Winnifred Eaton, Monica Sone, Fae Myenne Ng, Changrae Lee, S. Mitra Kalita, and Nam Le. Examining the class structure of Chinatowns, Koreatowns, Little Tokyos, and Little Indias, Chang maintains that over time ghettoization in these spaces has been disguised, and that, due to the influence of an "ethnographic imperative," Astan American writers have alternately assisted and subverted this masking. The relegation of Asian Americans to literal ghettos is further complicated, Chang argues, by the confinement of their authors to literary ones."Article| Yoonmee Chang| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Urban Underworlds
☯ Full Synopsis : "Urban Underworlds is an exploration of city spaces, pathologized identities, lurid fears, and American literature. Surveying the 1890s to the 1990s, Thomas Heise chronicles how and why marginalized populations immigrant Americans in the Lower East Side, gays and lesbians in Greenwich Village and downtown Los Angeles, the black underclass in Harlem and Chicago, and the new urban poor dispersed across American cities have been selectively targeted as "urban underworlds" and their neighborhoods characterized as miasmas of disease and moral ruin. The quarantining of minority cultures helped to promote white, middle-class privilege. Following a diverse array of literary figures who differ with the assessment of the underworld as the space of the monstrous Other, Heise contends that it is a place where besieged and neglected communities are actively trying to take possession of their own neighborhoods."Article| Thomas Heise| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Twentieth-century American literature
☯ Full Synopsis : "Excerpts from interviews, and reviews discuss the life and works of American authors from the early twentieth century to the present"Article| Harold Bloom| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Cultural Front
☯ Full Synopsis : ""The cultural front," James T. Farrell once wrote, was made up of "commercial writers, high-priced Hollywood scenarists, a motley assortment of mystery-plot mechanics, humorists, newspaper columnists, stripteasers, band leaders, glamour girls, actors, press agents, Broadway producers, aging wives with thwarted literary ambitions, and other such ornaments of American culture." The cultural front, that extraordinary upsurge of cultural activity and theory in America, was born in the Great Depression as communists sought to organize cultural workers against Fascism and crisis-ridden capitalism. Spawned by the Popular Front of the Communist Party, the cultural front grew to encompass virtually every aspect of high and popular art in the US during the 1930s and beyond. Thoroughly infused with a radically popular and oppositional mentality, the cultural front informed one of the most culturally exciting and rich periods in American history -- a veritable "Second American Renaissance," in the words of Michael Denning. In The Cultural Front, Denning lifts the lid on a period which cracks open the great debate in contemporary cultural studies of "high" versus "low" culture -- a period in which artists and intellectuals rubbed shoulders with activists and workers, all striving in various ways to create a genuinely democratic popular culture. From Disney animators to proletarian novelists, and encompassing the likes of Orson Welles, Duke Ellington, John Dos Passos, C.L.R James and Billie Holiday, Denning charts a scene which not only fused art and popular protest but also left a deep imprint on American culture and society today."Article| Michael Denning| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Psychology Comes to Harlem
☯ Full Synopsis : "An illuminating picture of mid-twentieth-century American literary culture and learned life, Psychology Comes to Harlem reveals the critical and intellectual innovation of literary artists who bridged psychology and antiracism to challenge segregation."Article| Jay Garcia| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : War and Remembrance in the Twentieth Century
☯ Full Synopsis : "Collaborative volume examining how wars have been remembered in Europe, America and the Middle East."Article| Jay Winter, Emmanuel Sivan| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression
☯ Full Synopsis : "A cultural history of the 1930s explores the anxiety, despair, and optimism of the period, exploring how the period culture provided a dynamic lift to the country's morale."Article| Morris Dickstein| Statement ..."
☯ Full Synopsis : "Contents.- 1. La littérature compareé et les recherches interdisciplinaires Lumiéres et romantisme: continuité ou discontinuite?- 2. L'Universalité de Mihai Eminescu. Interférences. Le réalisme dans les littératures sud-est eurpéenes.-"Article| | Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Black images in American literature
☯ Full Synopsis : "Anthologizes works which contain striking images of black life and black people and examine the significance of those images and their relation to black-white tensions in American history and life"Article| Joan Cannady| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Suburb, Slum, Urban Village
☯ Full Synopsis : "Suburb, Slum, Urban Village examines the relationship between image and reality for one city neighbourhood � Toronto's Parkdale. Carolyn Whitzman tracks Parkdale's story across three eras: its early decades as a politically independent suburb of the industrial city; its half-century of ostensible decline toward becoming a slum; and its post-industrial period of transformation into a revitalized urban village. This book also shows how Parkdale's image influenced planning policy for the neighbourhood. Whitzman demonstrates that image and reality have not always correlated for Parkdale. Parkdale's changing image stood in stark contrast to its real social conditions. Nevertheless, this image became a self-fulfilling prophecy, as it contributed to increasingly discriminatory planning practices for Parkdale in the late twentieth century."Article| Carolyn Whitzman| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The dual image
☯ Full Synopsis : ""Article| Harold Fisch| Statement ..."