The Resource Facing the abyss : American literature and culture in the 1940s, George Hutchinson

Facing the abyss : American literature and culture in the 1940s, George Hutchinson

Label
Facing the abyss : American literature and culture in the 1940s
Title
Facing the abyss
Title remainder
American literature and culture in the 1940s
Statement of responsibility
George Hutchinson
Title variation
American literature and culture.e in the 1940s
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Mythologized as the era of the "good war" and the "Greatest Generation," the 1940s are frequently understood as a more heroic, uncomplicated time in American history. Yet just below the surface, a sense of dread, alienation, and the haunting specter of radical evil permeated American art and literature. Writers returned home from World War II and gave form to their disorienting experiences of violence and cruelty. They probed the darkness that the war opened up and confronted bigotry, existential guilt, ecological concerns, and fear about the nature and survival of the human race. In Facing the Abyss, George Hutchinson offers readings of individual works and the larger intellectual and cultural scene to reveal the 1940s as a period of profound and influential accomplishment. Facing the Abyss examines the relation of aesthetics to politics, the idea of universalism, and the connections among authors across racial, ethnic, and gender divisions. Modernist and avant-garde styles were absorbed into popular culture as writers and artists turned away from social realism to emphasize the process of artistic creation. Hutchinson explores a range of important writers, from Saul Bellow and Mary McCarthy to Richard Wright and James Baldwin. African American and Jewish novelists critiqued racism and anti-Semitism, women writers pushed back on the misogyny unleashed during the war, and authors such as Gore Vidal and Tennessee Williams reflected a new openness in the depiction of homosexuality. The decade also witnessed an awakening of American environmental and ecological consciousness. Hutchinson argues that a common belief in art's ability to communicate the universal in particulars united the most important works of literature and art during the 1940s" --
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1953-
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Hutchinson, George
Dewey number
810.9/0052
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS223
LC item number
.H88 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • American literature
  • Literature and society
  • Popular culture
  • American literature
  • Civilization
  • Literature and society
  • Popular culture
  • United States
  • United States
Target audience
adult
Label
Facing the abyss : American literature and culture in the 1940s, George Hutchinson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- When literature mattered -- Popular culture and the avant-garde -- Labor, politics, and the arts -- The war -- America! America! a Jewish renaissance? -- A rising wind: "literature of the Negro" and civil rights -- Queer horizons -- Women and power -- Culture and ecology -- Epilogue: one world
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvii, 439 pages
Isbn
9780231163385
Lccn
2017025027
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)987660079
  • 1723459
  • (OCoLC)ocn987660079
  • 1723459
Label
Facing the abyss : American literature and culture in the 1940s, George Hutchinson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- When literature mattered -- Popular culture and the avant-garde -- Labor, politics, and the arts -- The war -- America! America! a Jewish renaissance? -- A rising wind: "literature of the Negro" and civil rights -- Queer horizons -- Women and power -- Culture and ecology -- Epilogue: one world
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvii, 439 pages
Isbn
9780231163385
Lccn
2017025027
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)987660079
  • 1723459
  • (OCoLC)ocn987660079
  • 1723459

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